“Experience has taught us that we have only one enduring weapon in our struggle against mental illness: the emotional discovery and emotional acceptance of the truth in the individual and unique history of our childhood.” ― Alice Miller, The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self

What does the word Trauma mean to you?

Often war, physical or sexual abuse comes to mind. Yet, we now know that trauma and its effects are much broader and far-reaching. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are extremely common. In the original study, 67% of the population had at least one ACE, and 12.6% (one in eight) had four or more. The higher the ACE score, the worse the person’s health outcomes. The original ACEs study was conducted with a population that was 70% college-educated. I came across ACEs while listening to NPR on a walk three years ago and immediately researched and began using it in my practice to help clients understand their own behaviors. ACEs are endemic in our society. So many people in all walks of life have grown up with a family member who suffered from some kind of mental ill-health or had a parent who drank too much, or who physically or emotionally abused their spouse or children. It is an issue that touches many of us – with devastating implications. People exposed to very high doses of trauma have triple the risk of developing heart disease and lung cancer and can expect a 20-year reduction in life expectancy.

Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect, and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. Take the NPR ACE Quiz Here.  A complete assessment of trauma and other mental health issues can only be administered and discussed during a scheduled professional session. Trauma leads to the repeated involuntary triggering of the stress reaction in the body, which often causes one to feel overwhelming fear and helplessness. Instead of experiencing the trauma just once, the mind/body continues to relive the traumatic memory over and over, lasting months, years or even decades. This continued hyper-arousal can cause severe stress on the body and deep physical and emotional pain.

Signs of Trauma

It’s important to enter a trauma treatment program as soon as possible when symptoms are interfering with the quality of your life. Without professional treatment, symptoms of trauma will likely worsen and can be disabling.
Common warning signs that indicate the need for treatment include:
Depression/anxiety Abuse of drugs and/or alcohol Disturbances in appetite and/or changes in eating patterns Inability to trust others Difficulty concentrating/easily distracted Feeling uncomfortable or anxious in social situations Recurring thoughts from the trauma interfering with everyday life What You Need to Know About Trauma Each person experiences situations differently. What may be traumatic to one person might not necessarily impact another in the same way. It is important to remember that many factors contribute to how a person experiences and remembers a significant event.
Examples of traumatic events include:
physical injury physical/emotional abuse neglect witnessing death losing a loved one a natural disaster The good news is that you can heal from trauma. When you begin to understand that your feelings of loss, shame, guilt, anxiety, or grief are shared by so many others, you can lend support and swap ideas for healing. When you embrace the process of healing despite your Adverse Childhood Experiences, you don’t just become who you might have been if you hadn’t encountered childhood suffering in the first place. You gain something better—the hard-earned gift of life wisdom, which you bring forward into every arena of your life. The recognition that you have lived through hard times drives you to develop deeper empathy, seek more intimacy, value life’s sweeter moments, and treasure your connectedness to others and to the world at large. This is the hard-won benefit of having known suffering. Best of all, you can find ways to start right where you are, no matter where you find yourself.

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Lynn Lynn Author

I help people understand themselves better, make sense of their feelings, and learn from resentments and disappointments by using a heart-centered and holistic approach. We all want to live an authentic and fulfilling life…sometimes we just need a little help. Two of our most basic needs are to be connected and to feel loved. Without these, we feel a lack of purpose and isolated. When we feel alone, disconnected and insecure, we’re filled with negative thoughts and feelings of guilt and shame. Left unattended and unvalidated, these feelings take root, growing into resentments and increasingly unhealthy behaviors. If we lack positive feelings about ourselves it’s difficult to trust, communicate and feel safe in the world.

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Course Instructor

Lynn Lynn Author

I help people understand themselves better, make sense of their feelings, and learn from resentments and disappointments by using a heart-centered and holistic approach. We all want to live an authentic and fulfilling life...sometimes we just need a little help. Two of our most basic needs are to be connected and to feel loved. Without these, we feel a lack of purpose and isolated. When we feel alone, disconnected and insecure, we’re filled with negative thoughts and feelings of guilt and shame. Left unattended and unvalidated, these feelings take root, growing into resentments and increasingly unhealthy behaviors. If we lack positive feelings about ourselves it's difficult to trust, communicate and feel safe in the world.

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This course does not have any sections.

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