Did You Know…Chronic Fatigue, Frequent Confusion and High Anxiety Can Be A Direct Result of Unresolved Trauma?

 According to healthline.com,

 ‘A traumatic event is an incident that causes physical, emotional, spiritual, or psychological harm. The person experiencing the distressing event may feel threatened, anxious, or frightened as a result. In some cases, they may not know how to respond, or may be in denial about the effect such an event has had.’

When most of us hear the word trauma, we may assume it is caused by dramatic life events such as a car accident, war, sudden death, addiction, physical abuse. While most of this is true, trauma can also be caused by subtle events seeming so insignificant, we may be tempted to deny their effect on us, or we simply may not even be aware how they’ve affected us.

Regardless of what events caused it, living with unresolved trauma is not benign. Chronic trauma -wether we are aware of it or not- interferes with our automatic responses to potential threats. These reactions are most often known as the three F’s, or our fight/flight/freeze instincts.

Problems with processing the fight, flight and freeze responses is sometimes compared to a vehicle with the accelerator fully engaged, while also having the brakes fully engaged. Obviously, a vehicle would not hold up for very long under that amount stress and conflicting forces.

This is also true for the human body. Confusion and the inability to properly process traumatic situations cause extreme stress. If this continues for prolonged periods, eventually even the smallest amount of stress will become too difficult to handle. Common issues like being caught in heavy traffic or even small adjustments needed in your daily routine, will become overwhelming and the stress levels will feel severe.

How Do I Know If I Need Trauma Therapy?

You may need trauma therapy services if:

  • – You seem to repeat the same pattern of becoming involved with traumatic relationships and situations
  • – You feel exhausted and have a difficult time relaxing or getting rest
  • – You experience frequent periods of depression and have feelings of constant anxiety without any relief
  • – You use substances for self-medication and have dependency issues with alcohol, drugs, a shopping addiction, sexual addictions or other extreme behaviour
  • – You experience constant pain, chronic exhaustion, insomnia or other physical issues as a result of difficulties with processing trauma

The good news is, the brain is a very powerful organ, and possesses the ability to re-organize itself to new thoughts, patterns and neuro-pathways. With the help of trauma therapy, you can overcome trauma by learning new skills.

You can begin to feel more complete and whole by both making sense of your experience while working out the stress caught in your body memory. This will “quench” the kindled nervous system. That means you can slowly and effectively reduce the amount of stress you are carrying inside and replace it with a sense of your own resiliency (inner strength).

If you or someone you know or love is struggling with addiction, trauma or relationship problems don’t hesitate to contact us.  We are here to help you and your loved ones recover and find inner peace.

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Sue Diamond Potts, M.A., is the Founder and Director of the Good Life Therapy Centre which focuses on helping couples and individuals create loving relationships in the aftermath of addiction and trauma.
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