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Psychological Trauma
Reflections on Violence


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Psychological Trauma

Psychological trauma is a type of damage to thepsychethat occurs as a result of a traumatic event. When that trauma leads toposttraumatic stress disorder, damage may involve physical changes inside the brain and to brain chemistry, which changes the person's response to futurestress.

A traumatic event involves a single experience, or an enduring or repeating event or events, that completely overwhelm the individual's ability to cope or integrate the ideas andemotionsinvolved with that experience.

Reflections on Violence

As I sit to write this blog entry,  I reflect on a simple question I was asked today regarding the Boston Marathon explosions.   "Why are there so many acts of violence on innocent people lately?"     When I was in graduate school, we were taught never to ask the "Why?" question because the default answer was always "I don't know".    The default answer to the question posed to me could be that simple, "I don't know why there is a rise in violence.