Trauma or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can strip us of our vitality and joy. Past or present trauma may lead to a sense of survival without thriving. Trauma is experienced as freeze responses and dissociation, or hypervigilance, anger or panic, reducing our ability to feel aliveness and connectedness. Unable to relax, we become frozen in our pain. We don’t feel fully alive in our bodies and our bodies hold onto stress and turmoil. Trauma can steal away our sense of pleasure and confidence in life, leading to a sense of disempowerment. Trauma counselling for trauma and PTSD can help.
Living with trauma is a more common experience than you may realize. Many of us have experienced trauma in the form of accidents, abuse, war, abandonment, developmental trauma, intergenerational trauma, neglect, medical treatments or parental substance abuse. It can be a challenge for people of all ages and backgrounds and can negatively affect health outcomes later in life.
Trauma is a burden that is further exacerbated as we age. Other issues and problems can arise in combination with trauma; adverse experiences can correlate with heart disease, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, relationships, premature mortality, or work issues. Trauma isn’t just a psychological experience – it impacts your heart, mind and body.