Trauma—our mental and emotional response to a deeply distressing event that overwhelms our ability to process the stress we feel—can make us feel terrible and helpless. In severe cases we may feel paralyzed and unable to help ourselves. The experiences that trigger trauma vary widely, and each individual’s responses will be different. Someone could experience trauma from a distressing social experience that another may laugh off, while the roles may be reversed if the two witnessed the same car crash. The effects of trauma may not be immediately obvious and may surface in seemingly unrelated situations or behaviors. Thankfully, there are many effective therapies available for identifying and working through trauma.

If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.

Addiction Is a Response to Childhood Suffering: In Depth with Gabor Maté

The Fix Q&A with Dr. Gabor Maté on addiction, the holocaust, the “disease-prone personality” and the pathology of positive thinking.

Dr. Gabor Maté on Donald Trump, Traumaphobia, and Compassion: An Interview

What if we replaced the word "addict" with: “A human being who suffered so much that he or she finds in drugs or some other behavior a temporary escape from that suffering"?

Dr. Gabor Maté on the Trauma Underlying the Stigma of Addiction: An Interview

There are legitimate uses of opioids in the treatment of physical pain. There is no legitimate use in the treatment of emotional pain.

Jungian Therapy

Jungian therapy is a type of in-depth, talk-based psychoanalytic therapy. During therapy, you are encouraged to explore, and bring together, the unconscious and conscious aspects of your experience.

The Psychological Link Between Trauma and Work Addiction

‘The success addict needs constant validation.’

‘Taking in All the Pain of What They Witness’

Addiction, whether to drugs or other behaviors . . . is always a compensation for the sense of being devalued as a human being.

Dr. Gabor Maté on Childhood Trauma, the Real Cause of Our Anxiety, and Our 'Insane' Culture

Dr Gabor Maté is a renowned expert in addiction, childhood trauma and mind-body health.


Trauma Healing