When you suffer from trauma, it’s often helpful for you when you can understand why you respond to certain stimuli in certain ways. For many trauma victims, their brains interpret dangerous situations, or what they perceive to be dangerous situations in entirely different ways than others do.
Many traumatic experiences occur in childhood. It’s very common for a child to experience something when he’s young only to have it leave a lasting, traumatic effect on him for the rest of his life. These experiences can be major, such as a severe physically abusive relationship with a parent, or they can be minor, such as being laughed at in class for having the wrong answer when called upon. Still, not all traumatic experiences result in life-changing trauma.