62+ Best Trauma Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Trauma is the response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event that overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope, causes feelings of helplessness, diminishes their sense of self and their ability to feel the full range of emotions and experiences. Profoundly inspirational trauma quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

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Famous Trauma Quotes

I’m destroying myself so others can’t, she said, and it’s the worst kind of control but it’s the only form I know. S.Z. 

I did not ask for the things I’ve been through. And I certainly didn’t ask my mind to paint and repaint the pictures back in flashback form. Michelle Groth

The victims of PTSD often feel morally tainted by their experiences, unable to recover confidence in their own goodness, trapped in a sort of spiritual solitary confinement, looking back at the rest of the world from beyond the barrier of what happened. They find themselves unable to communicate their condition to those who remained at home, resenting civilians for their blind innocence. David Brooks

You cannot heal a lifetime of pain overnight, be patient with yourself, it takes as long as it takes to rebuild yourself. Unknown

I wish my head could forget what my eyes have seen. Dave Parnell

Trauma is perhaps the most avoided, ignored, belittled, denied, misunderstood, and untreated cause of human suffering. Peter Levine

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Most of us have unhealthy thoughts and emotions that have either developed as a result of trauma or hardships in their childhood, or the way they were raised. Steven Seagal

When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear. Mark Twain

The shrinks call it Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I call it hell. The demons are waiting in each corner, ready to drag me back to the battlefield. James Coyne

To close your eyes will not ease another’s pain. Chinese Proverb

I’m not lazy. I’m just exhausted from fighting my way through every single day. Mimi Love

You are stronger than you think. You have gotten through every bad day in your life, and you are undefeated. Unknown

After a traumatic experience, the human system of self-preservation seems to go onto permanent alert, as if the danger might return at any moment. Judith Lewis Herman

People are not addicted to alcohol or drugs, they are addicted to escaping reality. Unknown

A lot of people who have experienced trauma at the hands of people they’ve trusted take responsibility, and that is what’s toxic. Hannah Gadsby

Delusional pain hurts just as much as pain from actual trauma. So what if it’s all in your head? Octavia E. Butler

I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become. C.G. Jung

After a traumatic experience, the human system of self preservation seems to go onto permanent alert, as if the danger might return at any moment. Judith Lewis Herman

Am I awake or dreaming? It doesn’t matter anymore. When I close my eyes I dream of death and war. When I open my eyes I see death and war. Michael Anthony

War becomes a part of you. It is a feeling just as much as an experience. If you can’t feel it, you weren’t paying attention. And if you weren’t paying attention, you are probably dead anyway. Clint Van Winkle

People generally don’t suffer high rates of PTSD after natural disasters. Instead, people suffer from PTSD after moral atrocities. Soldiers who’ve endured the depraved world of combat experience their own symptoms. Trauma is an expulsive cataclysm of the soul. David Brooks

Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t. Richard Bach

Some people survive and talk about it. Some people survive and go silent. Some people survive and create. Nikita Gill

You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have. Bob Marley

You don’t have to save me, you just have to hold my hand while I save myself. Unknown

There are people who come home from war and want to talk about the pain, but no one wants to listen; there are others who want to keep silent and repress the memories, and all their family and friends want is to talk about it. I call this the war veteran reintegration paradox. M.B. Dallocchio

People start to heal the moment they feel heard. Cheryl Richardson

I’m not weak, I was trusting. I’m not giving up, I’m healing. I’m not incapable of love, I’m giving. I’m not alone, I see you all here. I’m fighting this. Rene Smith

Healing from trauma can also mean strength and joy. The goal of healing is not a papering-over of changes in an effort to preserve or present things as normal. It is to acknowledge and wear your new life – warts, wisdom, and all – with courage. Catherine Woodiwiss

Post traumatic stress injury isn’t a disease. It’s a wound to the soul that never heals. Tom Glenn

Hold yourself back, or heal yourself back together. You decide. Brittany Burgunder

It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it. Amelia Barr

I survived because the fire that burned inside of me burned brighter than the fire around me. Unknown

Inspirational Trauma Quotes

The mind replays what the heart can’t delete. Unknown

The brave men and women who serve their country and as a result, live constantly with the war inside them, exist in a world of chaos. But the turmoil they experience isn’t who they are; the PTSD invades their minds and bodies. Robert Koger

Even in times of trauma, we try to maintain a sense of normality until we no longer can. That, my friends, is called surviving. Not healing. We never become whole again … we are survivors. If you are here today… you are a survivor. But those of us who have made it thru hell and are still standing? We bare a different name: warriors. Lori Goodwin

Instead of saying ‘I’m damaged, I’m broken, I have trust issues. I say I’m healing, I’m rediscovering myself, I’m starting over. Horacio Jones

There is no timestamp on trauma. There isn’t a formula that you can insert yourself into to get from horror to healed. Be patient. Take up space. Let your journey be the balm. Dawn Serra

You have to understand that PTSD has to be an event that you experience, a very traumatic event. And actually, there is evidence that brain chemistry changes during this event in certain individuals where it’s imprinted indelibly forever and there’s an emotion associated with this which triggers the condition. Dale Archer

Always remember, if you have been diagnosed with PTSD, it is not a sign of weakness; rather, it is proof of your strength, because you have survived! Michel Templet

The brave men and women who serve their country and as a result live constantly with the war inside of them, exist in a world of chaos. But the turmoil they experience isn’t who they are; the PTSD invades their minds and bodies. Robert Koger

When you ask a veteran when they were last over there, know that in many cases, the real answer is every night. Unknown

What we change inwardly will change outer reality. Plutarch

When you’re going through these difficult times of chaos and trauma, the most important thing is to keep those who are closest to you together. Michael Imperioli

It isn’t about what’s wrong with you, it’s about what happened to you. Unknown

Courage is resistance to fear, the mastery is fear – not the absence of fear. Mark Twain

Trauma is hell on earth. Trauma resolved is a gift from the gods. Peter A. Levine

Every day begins with an act of courage and hope: getting out of bed. Mason Cooley

Healing happens when you’re triggered and you’re able to move through the pain, the pattern, the story and walk your way to a different ending. Vienna Pharaon

Both tolerance and respect are empty virtues until we actually understand whatever it is we are supposed to be tolerating or respecting. Stephen R. Prothero

I feel no emotional connection to these outwardly human gestures. I am not there, because I never left Afghanistan. Jake Wood

Delusional pain hurts just as much as pain from actual trauma. So what if it’s all in your head? Tracy Morgan

You wake up every morning to fight the same demons that left you so tired the night before, and that, my love, is bravery. Unknown

Bad things do happen how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself. Walter Anderson

One of the things that pains me is we have so tragically underestimated the trauma, the hardship we create in this country when we treat people unfairly, when we incarcerate them unfairly, when we condemn them unfairly. Brian Stevenson

Punishing someone for PTSD is like punishing someone for cancer. The answer is love and protection. Unknown

Wounds won’t heal the way you want them to, they heal the way they need to. Dele Olanubi

The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do. Steve Jobs

 One day you will tell your story of how you overcame what you went through and it will be someone else’s survival guide. Unknown

When you love a girl that has lived trauma, when she realizes that you are choosing to love her, and not hurt her, she will love you back with the same kind of tenacity that it took to walk through fire. Tracy Malone

PTSD occurs following a trauma that was so awful that in retrospect you don’t understand how you survived. What that causes is an extreme feeling of vulnerability that you get past but that doesn’t go away. Paul Goulston

Trauma creates change you don’t choose. Healing is about creating change you do choose. Michelle Rosenthal

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