A growing number of people believe traumatic experiences can cause pain to manifest in individuals physically as well as mentally.

Pain, which is defined as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with, or resembling that associated with, actual or potential tissue damage” (International Association for the Study of Pain, 2020), is usually a temporary experience.

But in many cases pain persists long after the injury or sickness that caused it has healed or disappeared. This persistent pain is known as “chronic” pain, a debilitating condition experienced by one in four Australians.

Trauma, an event, series of events, or set of circumstances experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life-threatening, can be something as serious as a terrible accident, the death of a loved one, a divorce or even something seemingly minor like a friendship betrayal.

In this documentary, a range of trauma survivors and chronic pain sufferers share their unique stories and experiences while experts offer insights, advice and knowledge on this complex area.

If you have had a traumatic experience and require advice please contact one of the following services for help:

Lifeline: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636

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