What is trauma and how does it affect our life?
Adverse experiences from childhood but also from adult life are strongly affecting our future life in various ways. A sudden incident, an accident, a loss, a violent assault, a mental abuse, any type of bullying. Visible or not, big or small, those incidents and much more are strongly affecting our brain and the way it functions. These are all examples of traumatic experiences – in psychology they are translated as incidents that made you believe you are in danger and translated into negative feelings of fear and panic. Trauma is the response to those deep and distressing incidents that overwhelms the person’s ability to handle, leading him to feelings of helplessness and fear, diminishing their pragmatic perception of various situations and limiting their ability to properly respond to them.
Traumatic events are really common, with most people experiencing at least one traumatic event throughout his life. Trauma does not discriminate and it is pervasive throughout the world. Although the increased prevalence, trauma is not always correlated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but it can have adverse signals and symptoms associated with it. The most common interactions of an individual who has experienced a distressful situation is anxiety, fear, denial. There is extended research around events that trigger emotional but also physical reactions that tend to make humans prone to various serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, cancer or addictions. Trauma encompasses all types of physical or mental abuse, and most of the times it occurs in situations that take place in the individual’s close environment (family, school, friends, partner, work). Abuse does not only consist from actions that are considered to be illegal and does not need to be a prohibited action in order to induce a traumatic response to a human.
People who have experienced traumatic situations sometimes develop a post-traumatic stress disorder also known as PTSD, a psychiatric condition that affects around 10% of the general population, with women being 50% more affected than men. Even if people do not suffer from PTSD, exposure to trauma can alter the brain function for several years after the event and exponentially increases susceptibility to mental health issues for the individual. Trauma is affecting the way our brain functions on various levels, from the way we make decisions, we think, feel, and act to subconscious responses to our surrounding environment. This could be translated into fears, nightmares, insomnia, panic attacks, anxiety crises, anger, loneliness, intrusive thoughts and flashbacks, self-destructive actions and much more. This highlights the crucial importance of addressing traumas properly, as good news is that these repetitive patterns seem permanent but can actually be reverted with the right approach and shift the brain towards healing. This requires a good understanding of the unique situation of each human and address it properly.
The healing journey
All the feelings mentioned above are normal reactions of the brain when exposed to traumatic incidents and differ from human to human but unfortunately, they do not always vanish on their own. When experiencing a mild or heavier trauma, if feels like it has caused irreversible damage to the brain, which is not true as the human brain is extremely adaptable. The brain’s ability to reverse the trauma’s damaging effects is called neuroplasticity and it is the unique way of the brain to create new connections and pathways, a mechanism that allows the humans to evolve and change through learning. Through the healing process, we are working right down to your neurons to revert the effects of past trauma, gain back rationality and control and create new pathways to a prosperous, fruitful life of purpose.
The healing journey is one step away from an important decision. To identify the traumatic experience and decide to break out of it. As we believe in the groundbreaking power of experience, we offer a 30’ free session to all humans around the world that suffer from minor or severe traumas and wish to identify the path towards their personal healing. Don’t hesitate, book your free session with Give Life to Life today and become the master of your dream life! Book your 30’ free session: https://givelifetolife.as.me/30minutes
The team of Give Life to Life