What is Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?
Traumatic events in human existence are almost impossible to avert. A high percentage of the human race has known to have experienced a type of traumatic event. Events of such can affect a person physically, emotionally, spiritually, or psychologically. Hence, the increased rates of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and physical pain.
Trauma could occur due to losing a loved one, an accident, a divorce, disasters, war, child abuse, sexual abuse, Medical Trauma, etc.
How The Brain Processes Trauma
When a person experiences a traumatic event, adrenaline rushes through the body, engraving the memory into the part of the brain(amygdala) that processes fearful and threatening stimuli. The brain can be easily triggered by sensory input, reading a normal circumstance as dangerous after a traumatic event.
Trauma Triggers are emotional or mental state reactions that prompt a recall of a previous traumatic experience. Examples are sight, sound, smell, or thought that reminds you of a traumatic event.
Typical example of a trauma trigger is someone who has been in a fire accident in the past. The smell of smoke could be a trigger.
When triggered, the brain losses its ability to distinguish between what is threatening and what is ordinary.
Human response to emotional pain is avoidance behaviors, trying not to have it, think about it, or ignoring it.
However, this keeps the emotional pain active and at the front of the mind. Thus, the brain continues to think there is an active threat. By desperately trying not to have emotional pain, we bring upon longer-term suffering (PTSD).
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Trauma And Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Trauma are often used interchangeably in society. According to the American Psychological Association, Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event. Trauma can occur once or on multiple occasions. An individual can experience more than one type of Trauma.
TYPES OF TRAUMA
- Chronic Trauma: Results from repeated and prolonged exposure to highly stressful events examples child abuse
- Acute Trauma: Results from a single stressful, dangerous events
- Complex Trauma: Results from the exposure to multiple traumatic events
Healing From Trauma
There’s no fast rule to healing from trauma. Therefore, I would suggest everyone moves in ways best known and comfortable for them. However, if symptoms persist, one may need professional help from a trauma expert.
Listed below are easy ways to recover from Trauma.
- Journaling: This helps you remember, articulate and analyze positive and negative life experiences. People who write carefully about themselves become happier, less anxious or depressed and physically healthier.
- Seek Help
- Exercise and Yoga
- Connect with others.
In conclusion, we cannot control everything that happens in our lives, focusing on things we can control changes our story.
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