Post Traumatic Stress
Dear TAT® Friend,
In a traumatic experience, a part of our consciousness can become wrapped up in “solving” a problem, protecting us from danger or abuse, or just trying to find sense in a senseless situation. The beliefs that spring up can be inaccurate but there are parts of us that hold onto those beliefs and remind us of them when we are in new stressful situations — particularly situations that are like the original one. The resonance with the original situation triggers the part or parts of us that were born in the original traumatic or stressful events.
Trauma triggers an overproduction of stress hormones — namely cortisol. If you are constantly reliving a traumatic experience, stress hormones remain activated, keeping you in a state of high alert. You might experience trembling or exaggerated startle response, especially to things that remind you of the traumatic event. These are called “triggers.”
You will enter the fight, flight, or freeze mode whenever you feel triggered. You’ll feel compelled to either defend yourself against the trigger, run from it, or you could feel paralyzed. Sleep might be difficult and you may feel the need to avoid people or situations that you believe threaten your safety.
Chronic stress following a traumatic event can have long-term health effects, including:
- Heart and liver disease
- Addictive behaviors like alcoholism and smoking
- Chronic pain conditions
- Gastrointestinal illness
- Anxiety and depression
- Feelings of despair, guilt, and shame
- Emotional numbness
- Cognitive impairment such as memory lapses, difficulty making decisions, distractibility, withdrawal from your typical routine, and even a lost sense of time
These webinars are a place to get some relief from anxiety and fear brought on by posttraumatic stress. You can participate silently or may have a chance to share, depending on how many people join in. You can also be present and be totally anonymous.
TAT® for a Traumatic Event:
Everyone who signs up will receive a copy of the webinar recording. If you are new to TAT, what you need to know will be explained during the webinar.
If you have any suggestions on webinar topics you would like me to create please email them to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.