Trauma affects more individuals than most realize. Bullying, sexual abuse, exposure to poverty, domestic violence, a childhood with an alcoholic parent, and mass violence are some examples of trauma. Some individuals have more intense side effects and take longer to recover from their trauma than others. If this is not considered when the individual is receiving care, there could be additional trauma caused unintentionally and the individual's root traumas will not being addressed. The issues the person struggles with will be much harder to treat if the root cause is not being acknowledged.
Trauma informed care ensures that the person in need receives care tailored to them and discovering their root cause. To provide this care, the clinicians must fully understand the different types of trauma. The infographic below contains statistics about the broad scope of trauma in the US and information about trauma informed care.