Effects of trauma on the body for traumatized people cause them to feel chronically unsafe inside their bodies: The past is alive in the form of gnawing interior discomfort. “Their bodies are constantly bombarded by visceral warning signs, and, in an attempt to control these processes, they often become experts at numbing awareness of what is […]
The first half of 2020 was particularly dull and difficult. I’m sure many can relate to this. The sudden lockdown forced me to finally think about overcoming past trauma, deeply repressed issues, and long-overdue grief; hence a breakdown was inevitable. Additionally, I had to deal with a range of family issues and the demise of […]
My story of how I handled difficult emotions and navigate my path to healing. This question used to keep me up at night, rattling around relentlessly inside my head. I felt like a fraud. I had loving parents. Nothing traumatic happened to me that I could recall. Yet I constantly felt myself struggling with romantic relationships, seemingly much more so than my friends.
Some psychological problems do leave traces. Traces on our minds and emotions, on our capacity for joy and intimacy. And even on our biology and immune systems. Most survivors of atrocities and terrors when they think about what they experienced. They try to push it out of their minds, trying to act as if nothing happened, and move on.
This was supposed to be the year I left an unhappy marriage of almost 20 years that came with psychological and emotional abuse. I still believe this will be my year of freedom since it’s only April, but I’ve had to put my plans and dreams on hold while I wait out the stay-at-home order and all the “nonessential” institutions and services remain closed.
J. What is Trauma? Joshua. I define trauma as an experience or situation that fundamentally alters the way I believe the world should work. My perception of the world gets flipped upside down. If I’m not able to integrate these experiences into my life. It can really leave me with a profound sense of isolation […]