Boundaries make it safe for you to return to your senses – and to return to your body. Trauma often invades the boundaries that we call personal space. Learning to make personal space choices – discerning who and what enters the boundaries of your personal space – is an integral part of post traumatic growth.
Post traumatic stress – one of our greatest – and most neglected – public health issues Sailboat overwhelmed by intense waves & storm Any event(s) can be traumatic when too much comes at you so fast that it overwhelms your usual capacity to cope. Unless trauma finds a way out, the impacts of traumatic events
Connection: Talking & Listening Stay connected while you talk or listen Describing a traumatic event can pull the narrator – and the listener – into the chaotic past, and re-trigger a fight, flight or freeze reaction in the body. For the occasions when you choose to describe a traumatic event – or listen to someone’s
Traumatic events have densely populated 5 days of the past week for me, and I’ve experienced a lot of big feelings related to 1) Jasmine Abdullah (Richards), a local Black Lives Matters leader who was – I and many believe – wrongfully sentenced for a felony under a “lynching” law; 2) the Stamford woman who described, in
Adrenalin addiction often manifests in careers and avocations, such as fire fighters, police, emergency room nurses and news reporters. We discussed during the Cycles of Trauma training session. Self-care during sessions includes regular breaks to shake off and regulate any stress chemicals that get triggered during our discussions. So picture my SHOCK today when I heard
Trauma is any event that overwhelms a person’s ordinary capacity to cope. What Might Traumatize People? Illness and/or invasive surgery Giving birth Childhood hospitalization Death of loved ones Imprisonment Experiencing or witnessing a crime or traumatic event Accidents – after an auto accident, most people experience post traumatic stress Physical, mental, emotional and/or sexual abuse
Disconnection is part of many post traumatic experiences Disconnection • from calm Traumatic events jangle the nervous system, knock the breath out of people, and leave them in a state of high alert – disconnected from the capacity to calm and modulate their responses. • from trust After trauma, the disconnection from a sense of safety
Erratic storage of traumatic memories leaves many people with an incoherent or incomplete narrative of the traumatic event For instance, if several people witness the same traumatic event, they may each relate a different version. Deprived of real memories, the thinking brain spins its wheels in a futile attempt to talk about and understand the