Dr Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor
Clinical and Educational Psychologist
President – Trinidad and Tobago Association of Psychologists
Understanding trauma and its effects in a highly stressed society
A traumatic event is an incident that causes physical, emotional, spiritual or psychological harm. These events can be abuse in all its forms—sexual, physical, and verbal abuse or community violence such as burglaries and shootings, robberies or bullying. One of the most common ways in which trauma manifests itself is through emotion—anger, sadness, emotional outbursts, guilt, self-blame, hopelessness, withdrawal from others, mood swings and so on.