As mental wellbeing language continues to creep into our daily lives, the concept of trauma seems to have gone mainstream. Even though a couple of decades ago the notion of talking publicly about trauma may have been taboo, now traumatic events and survivors’ attempt to heal from them are the subject of news headlines, tv shows and therapy TikTok.

Prince Harry said in his docuseries using Oprah Winfrey that fixing the trauma of his mother’s death was crucial because of his own well-being as well as the wellbeing of his marriage. Earlier this year Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke about how in which the trauma she’s lived through as a survivor of sexual assault and the Capitol riot”chemicals on every other.” People of colour are demanding greater recognition for its physical and psychological toll racial trauma happens on their lifestyles. And the COVID-19 pandemic was a series of traumatic events.

“It’s a political action to talk about trauma due to so long so much exploitation and perpetration and victimization was hidden and not confessed,” said Emily Sachs, a clinical psychologist who specializes in trauma. “People who were the subject of which have been blamed for their problems.

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While some individuals are working to raise awareness about the prevalence of trauma, others are accidentally minding the word, often by using it hyperbolically: “I’m traumatized by what I ate last night” or”I murdered my plant and now I’m traumatized.”