002: Trauma 101

Allison Sweatman & Andrea Coston

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Ali & Andie break down the idea of trauma and explain some of the most important concepts about how we understand it today.

To access the transcript for this episode, click here.


Nothing on this show is meant to replace treatment from a licensed mental health professional.

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Trigger Warning

This show mentions abuse and while the conversation is not graphic, we want you to have that information so you can make the best decision about continuing to listen.

Trauma as a Buzzword

We hear and see people talking about trauma all over social media, but do they know what it means? There are positives and negatives to having trauma become part of our conversations. The more people talking about it, the more chances there will be misinformation spread. However, it is important and worth talking about.

We want our listeners to be able to understand trauma so that when you see it on some rando instagram account or at a therapists webpage, you can tell if they know what they’re talking about

Big T and little t trauma

Big T trauma: traumatic event that is more widely known to be traumatic. This usually entails a threat of harm to your physical body. Abuse, neglect, hunger.

Little t trauma: usually seen as smaller events that might add up to developmental trauma

Andie distinguishes these based on the effect the event has on the individual, not the kind of event itself.

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Disenfranchised Trauma/Grief

Trauma and Grief are disenfranchised when those who experience it are not given access to what is needed to heal.

Adoption is a system with a lot of disenfranchised trauma for all members of the triad.

We must heal our own wounds in order to prevent causing wounds to those we love the most in life.

Ancestral trauma is often disenfranchised from the top down

If we are going to care about the individual traumas that people experience, we must also care about restructuring the systems that cause that trauma.

Individuality in Trauma

Everyone experiences these things differently, which demands that we respect the individual nature of trauma.

The Body Keeps the Score tells a story about a couple who were in a car accident together. One person experienced PTSD while the other had few symptoms at all. This was the same traumatic event and they experienced completely different responses to it.


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