risk factors that
increase your vulnerability to trauma
Not all potentially traumatic events lead to lasting
emotional and psychological damage. Some people rebound
quickly from even the most tragic and shocking experiences.
Others are devastated by experiences that, on the surface,
appear to be less upsetting.
A number of risk factors make people susceptible to
emotional and psychological trauma. People are more
likely to be traumatised by a stressful experience if
they are already under a heavy stress load or have recently
suffered a series of losses. Suffering from another
psychiatric disorder and/or a lack of social support
often makes one more vulnerable.
People are also more likely to be traumatized by a new
situation if they’ve been traumatized before.
This effect is increased if the earlier trauma occurred
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