“The wound is where the light enters.

—Rumi

what is trauma?

It is said that trauma survivors don't have memories so much as they have symptoms. Trauma isn't about what's wrong with you, but about what happened to you. 

Trauma that goes unprocessed can have long-term consequences some of which we aren't even aware. It can impair our ability to connect—to ourselves, to our bodies, to others, and to the world—in meaningful and healthy ways.  

trauma may result from:

  • Witnessing or experiencing events around war and combat

  • Witnessing or experiencing acts of violence

  • Witnessing or experiencing domestic violence (physical, sexual, emotional/verbal)

  • Ongoing systemic stress (economic, racial, cultural, etc.)

  • Childhood abuse (physical, sexual, emotional/verbal)

  • Childhood neglect

  • Natural disasters

  • Expected or unexpected death of a loved one

  • Major or minor car (or other transportation) accidents

  • Medical procedures and experiences

  • Betrayal or abandonment in relationships (childhood or adulthood)

 

what does trauma look like?

Clearly, symptoms may show up at the time of the traumatic event or experience. If the trauma has not been fully acknowledged and processed, it can also create long-term symptoms that make a person feel "crazy."

 

Potential symptoms can be emotional/psychological, physiological, cognitive, and/or behavioral:

  • Panic attacks, anxiety, phobias

  • Depression

  • Attraction to risky situations

  • Feeling "out of it" or dissociated from your body or the world around you

  • Avoidance

  • Patterns of relational problems

  • Aversion to social situations (isolation)

  • Addictions, including drugs & alcohol, sex, shopping, food, gambling, smoking, etc.

  • Increased or decreased sexual activity or other reckless or high-risk behavior

  • Self-harm

  • Nightmares or flashbacks

  • Sleep problems

  • Low opinion of self (shame, worthlessness, etc.)

  • Poor memory (for the incident or for the past)

  • Problems with concentration

  • Digestive problems

  • Amnesia and forgetfulness

  • Migraines and frequent headaches

  • Chronic pain, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia

  • Even more serious medical diagnoses such as heart disease, cancer, lupus, etc.

 

if this sounds familiar...

Often clients with traumatic events or experiences in their past are being treated for random symptoms that never address the underlying experience. When unaddressed, the symptoms tend to intensify and other symptoms may develop.

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