Being a survivor of a traumatic event can be highly distressing and can lead to many health and social problems. Whatever the type of traumatic event, those affected can be many and wide-spread. In many countries, treatment and therapy is available for traumatic event survivors, but this cannot immediately compensate someone who has lived through such a traumatic experience.
Many people have lived through a stressful event at some time in their lives. An event that causes a high level of stress can also be termed a traumatic event.
Traumatic events are characterised by a sense of shock, powerlessness, severe
injury, or the risk of severe injury or fatality. Traumatic