Overcoming a Traumatic Experience Quiz


By: Staff

4 Min Quiz

Image: refer to hsw

About This Quiz

Traumatic Experiences can happen to anyone. Whether it's the tragic murder of our favorite uncle or getting side-swiped in a busy intersection, it's how we overcome the experience and are able to move in. Take this quiz to test your knowledge on traumatic experiences and the effects of them.

Which of these is probably NOT considered a traumatic experience?

Despite what some people think, gaining five pounds would not be medically considered a traumatic experience.


How long should it take for a person to heal from a traumatic experience?

There is no rule about the length of time it takes a person to heal from their experience. It mainly depends on the individual.


What does the acronym PTSD stand for?

PTSD stands for posttraumatic stress disorder which are problems resulting from a traumatic experience.


Psychotherapy is often very effective in helping people overcome the aftermath of trauma.

Psychotherapy is one of the methods used to help treat people who experienced a traumatic event.


What is the percentage of people who will have PTSD at some point in their lives?

Up to 8 percent of individuals will have PTSD at some time in their lives.


If a person freezes up during a traumatic experience, they deserve to be called a coward.

Sometimes during traumatic experiences to ensure survival, the brain temporaily imbolizes the body.


What is the number of people who experience a traumatic brain injury every year?

1.4 million people in the United States experience a traumatic brain injury every year.


Which of these techniques is a good way to learn to cope with trauma?

Establishing a regular exercise routine helps bring back a sense of normalcy in a survivor's life.


To cope with trauma, you have to learn to make room for it in your life.

One of the ways people learn to deal with trauma is to figure out how to accommodate it into their everyday life. They aren't expected to forget the incident or get over it. Instead, they learn how to live with it.


Violence is responsible for how many deaths in the United States every year?

Approximately 51,000 people in the USA die every year from violence.


Sleeping with a nightlight after experiencing someone breaking into your home is chidish.

It's important to do whatever is necessary for a person to feel safe again after their home was robbed.


Which of these techniques is NOT a good way to learn to cope with trauma?

Klondike bars might be yummy, but eating too many of them are not good for your waistline, nor will they help you overcome your experience.


True or False: About 40 percent of people in the U.S. have experienced a potentially traumatic event.

The number is actually higher. Approximately 50-60 percent of people in the United States have experienced a potentially traumatic event.


Where do accidents rank as a cause of death in the United States?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accidents rank fifth in their list of the leading causes of death.


In what year was PTSD recognized by the American Psychiatric Association?

The American Psychiatric Association added PTSD to its classification system in 1980.


Which of these are NOT part of the three "F"s associated with surviving a traumatic experience?

Our bodies' physiological responses to a situation prepare us to "fight" or "freeze" or take "flight" from a threat to our survival.


What SHOULDN'T a family member do to help their loved one cope through trauma?

Family and friends need to be as supportive as possible. One way to do this is to make sure you don't push them into getting on the road to recovery based on your own timeline.


True or False: Violent crime decreased in 2010, from 2009.

According to the FBI, in 2010, an estimated 1,246,248 violent crimes occurred nationwide. This was a 6 percent decrease from 2009.  


The popular <i>ER</i> television series was set in the emergency room of what fictional hospital?

The popular television series that aired on TV from 1994 to 2009 was set in the emergency room of fictional County General Hospital in Chicago.


What are the most types of guns used in crimes?

According to the Victim Survey (NCVS), 86 percent of all firearm-related crime involved handguns.


Explore More Quizzes

About HowStuffWorks Play

How much do you know about dinosaurs? What is an octane rating? And how do you use a proper noun? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks Play is here to help. Our award-winning website offers reliable, easy-to-understand explanations about how the world works. From fun quizzes that bring joy to your day, to compelling photography and fascinating lists, HowStuffWorks Play offers something for everyone. Sometimes we explain how stuff works, other times, we ask you, but we’re always exploring in the name of fun! Because learning is fun, so stick with us!