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 [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.


, pl.




(traw'mă, -mă-tă),
An injury, physical or mental. Synonym(s): traumatism
[G. wound]


/trau·ma/ (traw´mah) (trou´mah) pl. traumas, trau´mata   [Gr.]
1. injury.
2. psychological or emotional damage.traumat´ic

birth trauma 
1. an injury to the infant during the process of being born.
2. the psychic shock produced in an infant by the experience of being born.
psychic trauma  a psychologically upsetting experience that produces a mental disorder or otherwise has lasting negative effects on a person's thoughts, feelings, or behavior.


(trô′mə, trou′-)
n. pl. trau·mas or trau·mata (-mə-tə)
a. Serious injury to the body, as from physical violence or an accident: abdominal trauma.
b. Severe emotional or mental distress caused by an experience: He experienced trauma for years after his divorce.
a. An experience that causes severe anxiety or emotional distress, such as rape or combat: memories that persist after a trauma occurs.
b. An event or situation that causes great disruption or suffering: the economic trauma of the recession.

trau·mat′ic (-măt′ĭk) adj.
trau·mat′i·cal·ly adv.


[trou′mə, trô′mə]
Etymology: Gk, wound
1 physical injury caused by violent or disruptive action or by the introduction into the body of a toxic substance.
2 psychic injury resulting from a severe emotional shock. traumatic, adj., traumatize, v.


A physical or emotional wound or injury. See Alternobaric trauma, Atmospheric inner ear barotrauma, Barotrauma, Birth trauma, Childhood trauma, Implantation trauma, Penetrating trauma, Phonotrauma.


, pl. traumata, traumas (traw'mă, -mă-tă, -măz)
An injury, physical or mental.
Synonym(s): traumatism.
[G. wound]


1. Any injury caused by a mechanical or physical agent.
2. Any event having an adverse psychological effect.


A disastrous or life-threatening event that can cause severe emotional distress. DID is associated with trauma in a person's early life or adult experience.

trauma (träˑ·m),

n any physical or emotional injury due to sudden or violent action, exposure to dangerous toxins or profound shock.
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, pl. traumata, traumas (traw'mă, -mă-tă, -măz)
An injury, physical or mental.
[G. wound]


a wound or injury, especially damage produced by external force, e.g. surgical operation, impact, blunt instrument.

birth trauma
an injury to the fetus during the process of being born.
trauma score
a numerical assessment of injuries suffered as a result of trauma. Several systems are used, including the Glasgow Coma Scale and the Revised Trauma Score.
self-inflicted trauma

Patient discussion about trauma

Q. can you get bipolar as a result of some bad life experience? or some trauma you've been through?

A. thanks guys, my girlfriend was just diagnosed as bipolar... hard times for both of us...

Q. Save my husband. My husband was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder in 2001 but in 2003 traumatic events happened in our life due to a house fire, my husband was manic round the clock to the point where he was going to do harm to himself or someone else. I begged his doctor to institutionalize him to regulate his meds and to help him to deal with the traumatic thing that happened to us. But my doctor refused saying he couldn't do it against his will. No one would listen to my begging. Please help my husband. My husband ended up doing something that caused him to be in prison today, still not getting help. Is there anything I can do to help my husband to go to a place that will help him rather than making his mental state worse?

A. Take him to your local emergency room. tell the treage nurse you need to talk to a crisis worker. Go in with him and talk to the crisis worker about the things he has been doing and that he has bipolar disorder. Explain that he IS a danger to himself and others. They will probalbly want to speak with him alone but that is the best way to get him the help he needs. See if they can refer him to a mood disorder clinic to help him in the long run.
Stay strong and try to help him get the help he needs... Protect yourself in the meantime.

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These traumas are no longer "unfathomable or "unspeakable," but rather, manageable memories of bad experiences that the children have had the courage to face and master.
Today's announcement is a significant step towards improving trauma services across the country," said Brig Gen Mohamed Saad al-Kharji, director general of traffic at the Ministry of Interior.
The consultation report states: "There is a significant amount of evidence to show that patients who suffer a major trauma have a greater chance of survival and recover better if they are treated within a major trauma network.
Understanding the normal response to trauma and what excessive trauma does to the bodies of those surviving who would previously not have lived is one aspect.
Although counselor educators are beginning to integrate trauma-informed counseling in their programs, the profession lacks a trauma knowledge, research, and curriculum base.
Trauma system funding in NM comes exclusively from general budget appropriations.
Road Traffic Accidents (RTA), falls and assaults are the common etiology of trauma in geriatric patients, causing injuries to the head and neck area.
The many types of events that could be considered traumatic make it difficult to determine trauma prevalence, yet researchers generally posit that experiencing trauma over the course of the lifespan is more of the norm rather than the exception.
Medically speaking, trauma has usually been defined as physical or psychological injury resulting from an outside event or force.
Conclusion: FAST ultrasound missed 46% bowel injury with or without other solid organ injury and is therefore not reliable in diagnostic tool for assessing isolated bowel injury due to blunt abdominal trauma.
The Pietermaritzburg Metropolitan Trauma Service (PMTS) functions as a trauma service, rather than a trauma centre, and attempts to deliver trauma care across the Pietermaritzburg Metropolitan Complex, and provide strategic and political leadership in trauma care to the western rural health districts of KwaZulu-Natal.