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Trauma 101

Trauma is an emotional and sometimes physiological response to a disturbing event, such as an accident or assault. It can have physical symptoms and impact your ability to cope with your feelings. With help, it is treatable.

Trauma in Men

Trauma is like a lens that alters how we see the world. When we suffer or witness an awful experience, we carry the event with us, and it negatively alters our outlook on life without us knowing it. This lens distorts our view and disrupts our ability to enjoy life.

Trauma can change our brain, which changes the way we experience life. When we realize that trauma is distorting our view, it is possible to change that negative lens. Unfortunately, because we’ve socialized men to believe that it’s not manly to admit they’re scared and hurt, men tend to suffer the impacts of trauma in silence, which only compounds the problem.

When we talk to a professional about trauma, which might be a result of an accident, disaster, physical assault, combat, violence, or abuse, we can transform it from a disfigurement to a constructive life opportunity.

Trauma Symptoms

Men who’ve experienced traumatic events are at risk of developing chronic health conditions, addictions, and attempting suicide. Your health risks are even greater if you’ve endured multiple negative experiences, particularly in childhood. So how do you know if you’re suffering from trauma? The symptoms can look like:

01 Physical

  • Increased heart rate
  • Chronic pain
  • Sleeplessness
  • Shaking, Sweating
  • Prone to stress
  • Chronic inflammation

02 Behavioural & Emotional

  • Substance abuse
  • Suicidal thoughts & attempts
  • Relationship problems
  • Anxiety & intrusive thoughts
  • Chronic unhappiness & depression
  • Anger & violence

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Treating Trauma

Trauma is a treatable condition. To help you manage it, we’ll first investigate its root cause, which was caused by an overwhelmingly negative event in your past. We’ll then use counselling and coaching to look at your attitudes and behaviours to explain what’s holding you back and how to think differently about things. Finally, we teach you the tools you need to treat your trauma, making way for you to live a better life.

6 of 10

Six out of ten men experience at least one trauma in their lives.

- US Department of Veteran Affairs

30 %

At least 30 percent of people who've been sexually abused are male.

- European Journal of Psychotraumatology

4 to 12 %

Abused children are four to twelve times more likely to develop alcoholism, depression, drug abuse, and suicide attempts.

- Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience

20 %

20 percent of people who experience a traumatic event will develop PTSD.

- The Sidran Institute

Taking Action

I just needed a practical way of working through the problem. I didn’t want to be on the couch. I wanted to take action.

Andy, 48

Honest Talk

It’s a refreshing way of looking at myself. I’ve tried counselling before, but this is more honest. More objective. More real.

Kevin, 36

Making Progress

I still have a way to go, but I feel like I understand what’s getting in my way better. I haven’t been able to get that from talking before.

Xander, 32

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