Trauma, Trans People With

Trans people experience disproportionate levels of trauma and traumatic stress. This entry defines trauma, identifies rates of trauma, and examines the causes, manifestations, and consequences of trauma for trans people. It identifies the historical roots of trauma for trans people in the context of mental and physical health services and defines the conditions that contribute to trauma and traumatic stress, as well as the social and emotional impact.

Defining Trauma

Trauma is commonly understood as experiencing or witnessing an event or events over which one is powerless, that causes or threatens injury, death, or the annihilation of self. Trauma exceeds the bounds of ordinary stressors and causes physiological and psychological responses that can fundamentally affect the brain and the nervous system. Neurophysiological, developmental, and psychological structures designed ...

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