Trauma can be a difficult subject to understand. To put it simply, trauma is a specific psychological or emotional response to an intensely negative event or series of events. Trauma can be as upsetting as a divorce, illness, the death of someone close to you, or being the survivor of sexual assault. It can also stem from years of psychological or physical abuse from a spouse, parent, or friend. What unites trauma is the damage that these extreme experiences cause in the psyche of the afflicted individual.