When we survive trauma…
our mind and body learn this stress reaction in the same way other experiences are committed to memory. For example, when you think about “the holiday season,” you might have some associated memories – people, food, decor, and so forth.
You might suddenly have cravings for particular holiday foods, and those craving might even make your mouth water. This is an example of a positive memory that activates and connects the mind and body. Trauma on the other hand, relates to painful experiences in your past which you may or may not even have conscious memory of.
Particular triggers associated with that trauma can activate and connect your body and mind in similar, but far more unpleasant and sometimes destructive ways.
The body is designed to keep you alive, which means potential threats to safety are programmed at the cellular and neurological level to help keep you out of harm’s way. This is why some survivors of trauma will say they “never” feel safe, even when they are alone.
To make matters worse, those memories do not go away whether you can consciously recall them or not. Some people experience trauma responses that are confusing and confounding, because their psyche has deemed the memory too painful and therefore repressed it.
Left untreated, symptoms of posttraumatic stress can impact your relationships, your career, and even your health (Lehrner & Yehuda, 2018). Do not wait and hope for things to get better on their own – let me help. Contact me today to begin your journey towards wellness.