Trauma and PTSD

 

What is trauma?

“Trauma” is a term used to describe any experience that is overwhelming to the nervous system. When this happens, our bodies automatically go into "fight/flight/freeze" mode to try to protect ourselves. Unprocessed traumatic experiences can live in our bodies long past the time of the original occurrence. Its symptoms often overlap with, manifest as, or may be mistaken for, symptoms of depression and anxiety.

 

Some common symptoms include:

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  • Intrusive memories or flashbacks

  • Recurrent nightmares

  • Feeling emotionally numb

  • Triggered or activated by day-to-day life experiences

  • Easily startled; jumpiness

  • Trouble sleeping​

  • Feeling detached from self or body

  • Freezing up or shutting down easily

  • Hopelessness about the future

  • Indecision

  • Confusion

  • Persistent fear, guilt, shame, or sadness

  • Ruminating thoughts about how the trauma unfolded and your part in what happened

If you've experienced any of these symptoms, it is possible that they are trauma-related. The good news is that it is also possible to reduce these symptoms, and to find more calmness and contentment in your life. 

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