What is Trauma?

When most people think of trauma they think physical trauma such as being beaten up, accidents, or even breaking limbs, 

Physical injury definitely does cause trauma, however, there is a much bigger area that is growing rapidly and that is mental trauma. This ‘silent’ trauma is diagnosed as long term stress, anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress(PTSD).  Mental Health trauma is a silent robber of our ‘Joy of Living’ and it can affect anyone.

What is Mental Trauma?

So, how do we, as individuals, begin to suffer from long term stress, anxiety, depression, and PTSD?

When a traumatic event happens in our lives, our ‘brain’ reverts immediately to survival mode.  This means the primitive part of our brains reacts in one of three ways to handle the event; flight, fight or freeze. We can run away, fight, or if the event is overwhelming, freeze.Mental Trauma
In this state, blood is taken from the brain and put into the muscles, you don’t want to be thinking,  you just need to react.  Blood is moved from your gut into your muscles, digestion is not necessary when you need your muscles most. Your body is flooded with hormones such as cortisol, so your muscles are like springs, ready to spring into action.

Ready for Action

When this happens your stress and anxiety levels shoot up and stay up until the ‘danger’ has passed.  Once the event is over your body and brain, releases ‘chemicals’ into the bloodstream to relax the body, return the heart rate to ‘calm’ and activate the process that turns the event into a memory.

Sometimes, for reasons we are not entirely sure about,  our brain and body does not release the chemicals to turn off the ‘ready for action state’ and allow the event or events to be processed into memory.   The mind and the body stays ‘hyper-vigilant’ and ready for action.  The Mind continues to relive these events (consciously or unconsciously) as if they were about to happen.  It’s like groundhog day. People in this state have long term stress, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. They often have foggy thinking, stiff muscles around the neck and shoulders, digestive problems and have difficulty thinking about the future.

Do You Suffer from Anxiety?

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms or have long term stress, anxiety, depression, or PTSD, investigate hypnosis as an option.  T.R.T.P – The Richards Trauma Process, is quick and effective. Three to four sessions are generally sufficient.  Nobody needs to suffer the anguish of mental trauma, so if you are suffering seek help.

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