WHAT is System-Induced Trauma & Retraumatisation?

For sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), past traumas can sometimes return.  When this happens, they may remember or relive their past traumas in intense detail. For some PTSD suffers it can feel like past traumatic events are happening all over again. This usually happens as a response to some emotional or sensory trigger. This can happen without any prior warning. This is known as retraumatization. Retraumatization is a problem that trauma survivors have to face quite often. If left untreated there is a serious risk of the PTSD symptoms returning. For sufferers of PTSD, the results can be very devastating.

System-induced trauma is a disorder that is not always recognized or understood. Most professionals are familiar with the more common types of trauma that they see on a daily basis. However, they do not always understand or recognise this type of trauma. System-induced trauma occurs when the procedures that designed to protect trauma victims fail.


Some of the possible symptoms of system-induced trauma include the following:

  • Fear
  • Lack of trust
  • Nightmares
  • Persistent paranoia
  • Fear of the outdoors
  • Intense flashbacks
  • Anxiety
  • Self-harm
  • Hallucinations
  • Attempted suicide

After retraumatization, suffers of PTSD will be particularly vulnerable. They are likely to experience more anxiety and stress.

Any instances of chronic stress need to resolved as a matter of urgency. Chronic stress can be the cause of several medical conditions. It can also worsen existing medical issues.

The medical issues to watch out for include the following:

  • Heart disease
  • Insomnia
  • Respiratory problems
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Digestive issues
  • Chronic pain


 Approximately 12% of the population suffers from some type of PTSD related trauma. This rises to 24% when applied to ex-military personnel.


 Retraumatization can occur at any time for people who have suffered with PTSD. There are several possible causes of retraumatization. What one person considers a traumatic event might not be traumatic for someone else. Their perception of trauma is influenced by their experiences, age and general temperament. The trigger will vary from person to person, depending on their personal experiences. Whatever the trigger is, it can bring back intense feelings and traumatic memories. This can be terrifying for a PTSD sufferer.  They have to relive an event that caused tremendous emotional and psychological damage.

 Common causes of retraumatization can include the following:

  • Natural disasters
  • War
  • Potential threats
  • Abusive relationships
  • Tragedy
  • Violence
  • Serious accidents or injury
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Physical abuse

Retraumatization can feel quite overwhelming for sufferers of PTSD. However, with guidance and the right treatment plan, the effects of retraumatization can be temporary.

It is important to identify some of the common causes of self-induced trauma. Any procedures or processes that create stress or anxiety to the victim need to resolved. Failure to do so can create new trauma in a victim that is already traumatised.

Some of the more common causes of system-induced trauma include:

  • Family break-ups
  • Insensitive or humiliating interviews
  • Testifying in court
  • Visits and confrontations with abusers
  • Separation of siblings
  • Invasive medical tests


At Brain Training Australia™ we use Neurofeedback Brain Training to help our clients suffering from System-Induced Trauma and Retraumatization.


The team at Brain Training Australia™ include accredited, certified and professionals experienced in dealing with System-Induced Trauma and Retraumatization. We work with Neurofeedback Brain Training and our highly qualified team is here to support you in a safe and supportive environment. We will work closely with you to tailor a Brain Training Program that is specific to your needs.

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