When you think of trauma, what comes to mind?
The death of a loved one? Abuse or neglect? Early pregnancy loss? Assault or Sexual Assault? A Catastrophic event?
All of these experiences can be incredibly traumatic and can greatly impact how someone navigates themselves and the world around them.
Trauma has a broader and subjective definition than what typically comes to mind when we first hear the word.
To the point; Trauma Is anything that overwhelms or floods your nervous system.
With this is in mind, just about anything can be traumatic for your system, when something is too much, too soon, too fast or even too little or for too long. Anything that is registered in your system as overwhelming impacts your emotional, psychological and physical wellbeing.
Trauma is not limited to the event or experience itself this is what actually signals trauma and it is our response to these signals that become traumatic, your psychological, emotional and physical responses. How you register the event or experience and how your body responds; fight or flight, or freeze mode.
Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Nightmares, Chronic pain, Flashbacks, Feeling overwhelmed, Constantly on guard, Difficulty concentrating ans Self-medicating are just a few of the possible responses.
Trauma impacts people in different ways, no person experiences the same and the symptoms of trauma are no different. Symptoms can take weeks, months or even years to surface and can last from a number of days to decades if support is not sought.
Trauma is stored in both the mind and the body; Therapy can allow the mind and body space to heal.
One of the most popular therapies used for the treatment of trauma is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), where the focus is on exploring the way we think and react to the traumatic thoughts. Trauma informed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy further helps to process and evaluate thoughts and feelings about the trauma. Quite often alongside CBT the technique of Somatic Experiencing is often used to utilise the body's unique ability to heal itself by focusing on bodily sensations as opposed to psychological and emotional. Somatic Experiencing focuses and looks at what is happening for your body by getting in touch with the physical effects of trauma.
There are many ways to heal from trauma, there really is not a one way fits all solution, the key is to find a way that works for you.
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