When people go through something that takes away their sense of security that event can be referred to as a traumatic event. There is emotional and psychological trauma. The more a person feels scared and helpless the more the trauma.
Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of extraordinarily stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless in a dangerous world.
Traumatic experiences often involve a threat to life but any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed can be traumatic, even if it doesn’t involve physical harm.
It’s not the objective facts that determine whether an event is traumatic, but your subjective emotional experience. FULL ARTICLE