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“Trauma leaves an indelible imprint on you. You won’t be the same. But with therapy and understanding trauma, you can integrate your experience into who you become.”
– Terri Cole


TRIGGER WARNING: This episode contains information about (gun) violence which may be triggering to survivors.


We have all experienced some level of primary or secondary trauma over the past few years. The pandemic, the war in Ukraine, and school shootings among other events have brought the topic of trauma front and center in our public discourse.

In this episode, I’m breaking down the definition of trauma so you can have a better understanding of what it is and can make the distinction between normal trauma responses and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

(Trigger Warning: I’m going to be sharing my own traumatic experience in today’s episode.)


  • 03:14 Telling the story of my traumatizing experience: My husband and I were held up at gunpoint
  • 06:10 My trauma symptoms and timeline
  • 09:08 How you can tell the difference between a normal trauma response and PTSD
  • 12:03 The diagnostic criteria for PTSD and recognizing when you might want to get help

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