PTSD and Trauma
PTSD and Trauma
Often affecting military veterans, police, fire officers and the like. Can also be the result of a car accident, abuse, damaged childhood, sudden bereavement etc.
This is very debilitating and puts the person in a state of watchfulness, anxiety and fear at all times.
The brain perceives a possible danger, real or imagined. It then floods the body with hormones, adrenaline, noradrenaline, cortisol etc.
This creates a state of high alert to deal with the situation.
This is the same as a Panic Attack where the brain prepares for action “Fight, Flight or Freeze. In the case of panic attacks, the feelings will pass leaving the person exhausted.
For PTSD or trauma, the alert state, anxiety and fear remain present so the hormones continue to flood the body.
To be in a constant state of high alert, anxiety or fear must be exhausting. Generally, this condition results from the original trauma. The emotions felt during the traumatic experience are still attached to the memory.
The memory cannot be erased but often the emotion, anxiety and feelings attached to the memory can be released.
This in turn will allow the memory to remain but remove the attached emotions. Then the memory can be recalled without the fear and reaction that accompanied it.
There are many methods that can help with trauma. Hypnotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming, EMDR, Integrated Eye Movement Therapy and many more.
Do some homework, find what may work for you and seek help today in order to live life fully and return to a calm state of mind.