Trauma Recovery

A traumatic event involves a single experience or repeated experiences that completely overwhelm the individual’s ability to process the memories and emotions that are associated with them. The sense of being overwhelmed can continue for weeks and sometimes for many years. Trauma can be caused by a wide variety of events, but there are a few common aspects. There is frequently a violation of the person’s familiar ideas about the world and of their human rights, putting the person in a state of extreme confusion and insecurity. This is also seen when people or institutions depended on for survival violate or betray the person in some unforeseen way.

Your brain is unable to adequately process the experience and it becomes locked in there like a snap shot. These “snap shots” causes the person to react to situations in the present with the same emotions from the past. Nightmares, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, and high levels of arousal may be viewed as signs of the state dependent storage. Victims clearly feel inappropriate levels of fear and powerlessness and behave accordingly.

Different people will react differently to similar events. It is important to accept it for what it is, so that it can be processed. It is essential to deal with these memories and the feelings associated with them in order to truly feel love in the present.