The holidays are almost upon us, and while this time of year is exciting and joyous, it can also be downright demanding. Between holiday parties, family gatherings, and other commitments — or perhaps the absence of such — we often wind up feeling stressed, depressed, or burnt out by the time New Year’s Day hits.
Most of us have experienced anxiety throughout our lives, and it can be argued that between improvements in technology and the advent of social media, anxiety and stress levels are surging at higher rates then previously seen-especially for young people.
When trauma was first conceptualized, it was defined as a ‘’catastrophic event outside the usual human experience”. At the time, people linked trauma with specific events such as war, torture, and the Holocaust. However, more research on neurobiology, the human experience, and even current events have open the door to a broader conversation about how many of us are truly exposed to trauma.
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