SAINT LOUIS PARK, Minn. - Daniel Hess, licensed psychologist at Park Nicollet, has told us all about how trauma can impact an individual and some of the ways to maneuver PTSD.

Hess also says trauma can show up in entire communities and segments of the population.

“The historical trauma is a community-wide experience of complex PTSD. A collective experience that moves from generation to generation,” Hess says.

Historical trauma is not something to be overlooked and at the core of many of the things we see playing out in our world on a daily basis, he says, when it comes to things like racism and xenophobia.

“If we go back to what we know about trauma – it's a biological, it's a known, hard-wired biological response to a threat and when the threat never lifts we naturally move into this complex form of post -traumatic stress disorder,” Hess says. “When it's happening to everyone in my community it's natural to see that it's going to affect everyone or the majority of people.”

Hess says that trauma can show up as emotional dysregulation, negative sense of self, interpersonal disruption and also things like community violence, domestic violence and physical health issues.

Healing that trauma is a deep process and Dr. Hess says there are resources out there to help with the process on an individual basis.

On a bigger picture, he says, what we value as a society is also a key piece.

“Allowing the universal human fundamental urge for compassion and kindness to grow,” Hess says.