What is Trauma?
Trauma is any event or series of events that overwhelms the mind, body or both. Traumatic events present in a variety of ways. Effects of trauma can be caused by growing up in critical, neglectful, unpredictable, or alcoholic homes. Others may have been in a car accident or suffered an attack and “just don’t feel right” or are experiencing guilt that doesn’t make sense. While still others have a fear of medical procedures. What is traumatic for one person may not be for another. As a result of traumatic events or early life experiences, some people develop difficulty soothing themselves, while others may develop PTSD, forms of dissociation or complex trauma.
Effects of Trauma or PTSD:
- Anxiety, stress, hypervigilance, difficulty relaxing
- Overwhelm, procrastination, shut down, dissociation
- Substance abuse or behavioral addictions
- Emotional dysregulation
- Relationship issues, heartbreak, grief or unresolved situations
- Creative blocks
- Not feeling “like myself”
You may not know why you can’t find a mate, make more money, get back to your creative endeavors, or calm your anxiety. It most likely started when you began to develop a belief system about yourself that may not be true. It may have started in an intimate relationship or when you were criticized as a child.
Once a traumatic event is over, people often blame themselves for not being able to move on, for being blocked, or for not being able to master things in their lives that they think should be easy. Traumatic events disrupt our relationships with ourselves, others, our bodies and our past. To work with all four of these areas can create monumental changes for people.
The right side of the brain has no sense of time
You may not know that the right side of the brain has no sense of time* and this is why we experience symptoms of trauma long after the incident is over. Trauma gets “stuck” in the right hemisphere. When we integrate memories in our lives, we release the trauma bringing ourselves back into present time where we have more control.
Types of Trauma:
- Critical, unpredictable or alcoholic home
- Verbal, physical or sexual abuse by parent, caretaker or sibling
- Neglect or abandonment
- Birth trauma – either giving birth or being born
- Divorce – either parents divorced or as an adult going through divorce
- Loss, grief, unresolved situations
- Attacks, rape or disaster
- Car accidents – symptoms may not appear until months later
- Medical procedures or fear of procedures
Trauma is locked in the body
Trauma is not only in the mind, it is experienced in the body. When something traumatic happens, our nervous systems become dysregulated. We are jolted into anxiety, panic or tension while others of us feel dropped down into exhaustion or numbness. The key is to create an experience where the nervous system can release the tension, pressure or constriction caused by the trauma. The benefits of effective treatment are being able to breathe easier, feel more relaxed, and think more clearly.
We know the pain of trauma. It’s time to have a new experience of the past and present.