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Understanding the Relationship Between Emotional Trauma and PTSD

A deeper look at what PTSD is, what its main symptoms are, and how non-physical traumas can also lead to it.
— by Carl Yazbek


When we hear about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), we often associate it with physical trauma such as sexual or physical assault, accidents, wars, or terrorist attacks. However, this is only one aspect of this mental health disorder. Studies have revealed that other factors can also contribute to the development of PTSD. Emotional abuse, for instance, can also lead to a person suffering from this condition.

What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

It’s important to understand what Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is and what its symptoms are. People develop PTSD after experiencing a traumatic event. These traumatic events can be a car accident, natural disaster, violence, or any other life-threatening event, and can have physical and emotional reactions.

The symptoms of PTSD are very distinctive and can be quite severe. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Intrusive thoughts: These are involuntary and upsetting thoughts and feelings that can occur frequently and unexpectedly.
  • Difficulty concentrating: PT