Trauma and PTSD Treatment
What is Trauma and PTSD?
Many therapists are starting to identify as trauma therapists, with the belief that our negative psychological symptoms are a result of trauma. Some therapists are going as far as saying our attachment with our parents- even starting as early as in the womb is our first trauma (maybe we felt unwanted, or a parent was in an abusive relationship, or perhaps one of them, especially our Mom in our early years had depression or anxiety herself). Most of us do not have memories earlier than we have speech, because speech helps us categorize our memories. Memories from a pre-verbal age are often held in the body and are harder to heal with traditional talk therapy. New therapies are emerging to help resolve these pre-verbal traumas such as somatic experiencing; but traditional healing such as guided imagery, hypnosis and even shamanic techniques, like Family Constellation Healing can resolve these old wounds.
Since our body holds our memories, and our mind is connected with our body, healing both the mental and the emotional bodies is important to resolve the stress in the body and to free up the stuck energy so the body can heal itself. By resolving the emotional reasons for complex pain, the pain can resolve. This is true for somatic disorders as well.
In regards to PTSD, researchers have proved that people who had more adversity in their childhoods are more likely to develop PTSD when presented with adversity later in life. If our world didn’t feel safe in childhood, when we are in the face of danger later, it feels intensified. I often describe this as “getting salt poured on old wounds.” It hurts more because the wound is there. For people that had idyllic childhoods, the salt will bounce off the intact skin. So to say it another way, if we learned as a young child that the world isn’t safe (because our home wasn’t safe) when we are faced with adversity it intensifies this belief that we are not safe- and can intensify the anger, frustration, depression associated with PTSD. Also when talking about PTSD it’s important to empathize that when we are under that much stress that dangers our life, of course we are going to have a reaction to it. Think about it, every situation we are in shapes who are. For those of us that have been to war, that were molested, mugged, raped, etc it isn’t a natural experience to go through and our nervous system needs to detangle how it was interpreted at the cognitive level and at the emotional/physical level process it and resolve it so the body does not continue to respond to stimuli that triggers the original issue. The situation The incidents of PTSD themselves (like being in war or attacked) need to be processed and resolved too, but the adverse childhood experiences also need to be addressed to improve resilience for future events. When we pull out the issue at the root (childhood) the rest of the weed gets pulled out too.
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