psychic trauma


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trauma

 [traw´mah] (pl. traumas, trau´mata) (Gr.)
1. injury.
2. psychological or emotional damage. adj., adj traumat´ic.
birth trauma
an injury to the infant during the process of being born. 2. in some psychiatric theories, the psychic shock produced in an infant by the experience of being born.
psychic trauma a psychologically upsetting experience that produces an emotional or mental disorder or otherwise has lasting negative effects on a person's thoughts, feelings, or behavior.
risk for trauma a nursing diagnosis accepted by the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association, defined as accentuated risk of accidental tissue injury such as a wound, burn, or fracture.

psy·chic trau·ma

an upsetting experience precipitating or aggravating an emotional or mental disorder.

psychic trauma

an emotional shock or injury or a distressful situation that produces a lasting impression, especially on the subconscious mind. Some causes of psychic trauma may include abuse or neglect in childhood, rape, and loss of a loved one. Psychotherapeutic sessions in which the injured person can ventilate feelings can help alleviate psychic trauma.

psy·chic trau·ma

(sī'kik traw'mă)
An upsetting experience precipitating or aggravating an emotional or mental disorder.
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The cultural trauma novel, on the other hand, combines the traumatic and the political and, as we will see, offers channels that the psychic trauma novel cannot provide.
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The ambiguities dissolve, though, in the face of the story that Sheila subsequently tells; a story of being "forced" into S/M against her will; a story of adding injury to her psychic trauma of sexual violence; a story of a husband's deviant and uncontrollable sexual practices ultimately destroying their marriage.
assaults is the greater psychic trauma accompanying more severe attacks
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An epidemiological study of psychic trauma and treatment effectiveness for children after a natural disaster.
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Marion Sulzberger, put it best in 1948 when he wrote, "There is probably no single disease, which causes more psychic trauma, more maladjustment between parents and children, more general insecurity and feelings of inferiority, and greater sums of psychic suffering than does acne vulgaris.
Relocating also entails less psychic trauma than it once did.