By Nick Haslam
August 12, 2016

These days, “trauma” seems epidemic.

A group of Columbia Law School students felt the “traumatic effects” of the Michael Brown grand jury decision so keenly, they argued, that they needed their finals postponed. A handful of Emory University students were “traumatized” by finding “Trump 2016” chalked on campus sidewalks. A young professor chronicled his traumatizing graduate training, which included discrimination and job anxiety. And in an interview, a “trauma-sensitive yoga” instructor talked through her “hair trauma”: “I grew up with really curly, frizzy hair in Miami, Florida. When you’re 13, a bad hair day is overwhelming,” she said. “Even though I would never compare that to someone who was abused, it’s an experience that shaped my identity and, at the time, was intolerable.”