Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Post Traumatic Growth
It is my belief that trauma is often the root cause of emotional pain including anxiety, depression, grief, and relationship issues. Trauma may be caused by a single event, or by the accumulation of multiple “little” traumas experienced throughout one’s life.
Unresolved trauma tends to create more trauma. People with early childhood trauma tend to be more susceptible to what is labeled Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. Any life event which causes significant physical and/or emotional distress, in which the person feels significantly overwhelmed, helpless, or trapped, can lead to trauma and possibly PTSD.
Symptoms of Trauma and PTSD
Trauma can result in physical as well as emotional symptoms. Common physical conditions can include:
- flash backs
- thyroid problems
- neck and back pain
- sinus problems
- skin rashes
- chronic fatigue
- body aches and pains
- bowel problems
- allergies, and more.
What Causes Trauma and PTSD?
Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can be caused by various personal experiences, including:
- natural disaster
- work place conditions
- civil conflict
- emotional, sexual and physical abuse
- bullying, and much more.
Healing is not about getting rid of traumatic memories, rather about finally being able to process these memories in an appropriate way. Healing PTSD can restore our bodies as well as our emotional well being.
The two tools I rely on most to help people process trauma are Brainspotting and Equine Assisted Therapy. These are both somatic approaches. This means they rely on the mind/body connection and our natural ability to heal, given the appropriate environment and conditions for doing so. These modalities address the nervous system, and are inherently more powerful and holistic than cognitive talk therapy. People do not necessarily have to talk a lot about their traumas to heal from them.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Brainspotting help trauma survivors restore self regulation, relaxation, and wellness. They allow the trauma survivor to more effectively live in the present and enjoy a higher quality of life.
As devastating as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can be, ultimately, we all have the potential to not only heal, but to actually grow from it. As one client said “I would never choose to go back to who I was before I had PTSD. I like this new hybrid of myself.”