A traumatic event is one that is overwhelming, frightening, life-threatening, unexpected, unpredictable, and extreme. Because of the magnitude of the event, our usual coping strategies are insufficient. The emotional response we feel as a result of this event is referred to as "trauma." Trauma impacts our daily lives, and it often lasts for a long time after the event.
Childhood trauma is strongly linked to depression and anxiety, including social anxiety, which impairs an individual's ability to socialize effectively and form meaningful long-term relationships. Therefore, Childhood traumas put people at the greatest risk of experiencing significant loneliness.
The treatment options for trauma or loneliness may include any of the following: