Trauma / PTSD
“We deny, suppress, repress and minimize our trauma to preserve our self-concept. By doing so, we set ourselves up for repeating the cycle again”
– Kenny Weiss
Trauma can be defined as a psychological, emotional or physiological response to an event or experience that is deeply distressing. The sources of trauma can come from a specific or multiple events. Examples of trauma can include: physical/sexual/emotional abuse, an accident, loss of a loved one, divorce, dysfunctional family system, negative school or social experiences.
The response to trauma can manifest in many ways. When you feel or perceive a threat, one of the most common responses is the “fight, flight or freeze “ response. Fight is when you react with aggression or fight back, flight is when you flee physically or psychologically, and freeze is when you are unable to move or respond. Trauma can also manifest in physical health problems such as autoimmune diseases, heart disease, struggles with weight and poor memory/concentration.
Trauma is cumulative, subjective and important to have it addressed.
Trauma symptoms include:
Feeling disconnected from oneself and others
Shutting down in face of challenging situations / “Freezing”
Anger, Irritability, Hyper-vigilance
Difficulty having close, intimate connections with others
PTSD is diagnosed after a person experiences symptoms for at least one month following a traumatic event. However, symptoms may not appear for several months or even years later.
PTSD symptoms include: