Before we begin, we’d like to warn you that there will be mentions of potentially triggering events. There are examples of types of trauma mentioned throughout the article, but no details discussed.

Now let’s begin, we’ve all experienced some form of trauma. Whether it’s been big or small, and sometimes this trauma sticks around for longer than we expect. Leading to unhealed trauma depending on the types of situations you’ve experienced.

Type of Trauma

Trauma can be categorized into five different types, here are the five types of unhealed trauma.

Big T

Big T trauma is single traumatic events that have long-lasting impacts on an individual.

Symptoms of Big T trauma are typically associated with post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

People who have Big T trauma might typically experience nightmares or flashbacks intrusive thoughts and negative feelings.

This could result from sexual assault acts of terrorism war and prolonged physical emotional or sexual abuse. 

Small T

Small T trauma refers to traumatic events that result from personal events. 

It generally consists of all other trauma that is not covered by the big T trauma.

Despite its name, small t trauma can still disrupt your life, especially if it goes unprocessed.

Examples of small t trauma include getting fired from a job, divorce or continuous academic financial or personal stress.


Acute trauma refers to trauma that occurs from a single incident.

It’s a type of trauma that can be categorized, as the small T or the big T trauma depending on the person and situation.

Examples of acute trauma include witnessing an act of violence assault an accident such as a house fire or car accident or natural disasters.

Chronic Trauma

Compared to acute trauma which describes singular events. Chronic trauma is about repeated and prolonged events.

Instances such as domestic violence ongoing abuse, medical trauma bullying and war can make up chronic trauma.

 Complex Trauma

Complex trauma describes a person who is exposed, to multiple traumatic events in their lifetime.

This can mean they grew up in a chaotic or abusive home as a child and then grow up to survive other types of trauma, which can be described by other acute or chronic trauma events.

Final Words

Many people struggle with the symptoms of unhealed trauma, and it affects the lives of people in different ways.

The effects can be devastating, but they do not have to ruin someone’s life.

You are more than what’s happened to you, and with the proper treatment support and lifestyle changes, a person living with unhealed trauma can lead a fulfilling life.

If you recognize yourself or someone you love in this article, please encouraged them to speak with a trained professional and take care of yourself.

We want you to be safe and your mental health matters, please don’t be afraid to reach out to an online community.

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