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 in childhood.

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