Effects of Trauma
Updated: Nov 9, 2021
We can go through decades of adulthood without even understanding how significantly we have been affected by a past trauma. In fact if a particularly situation has gone on for a long time, unaddressed, it is common to simply 'get on with it' and not understand its full impact. When we are exposed to traumaatic experiences including sexual abuse; prolonged domestic violence (either being a direct victim or witnessing it in childhood) exiting a cult-like religion; suffering the unexpected death of a parent or a child ...... with all these sorts of events changes in the brain can occur and the response of fear can become ‘trapped’ in our body.
The mind can become ‘stuck’, almost expecting something bad to happen, constantly looking out for danger and preparing the body to fight or flee. This can show up as anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or depression. It is also common for victims to turn to drugs, alcohol, or food as a comfort place.
Past traumas can also appear in a survivor asread lethargy, exhaustion, chronic fatigue and other symptoms. All of these can be exhausting. Small, everyday things in the environment can trigger the brain into a fight-flight-freeze trauma response. A trigger is a reminder of the original danger. It is like the original trauma experience is happening all over again. Different people are triggered by different things, so it is all very individual.
A trigger can be a sound, a smell, a time of year, certain words, being in a room alone with someone, physical touch or a range of other things. Being triggered can cause someone to fight (become physically or verbally aggressive), to flee, or to freeze (shut down, zone out). The person can react as if the original trauma experience is happening, even if there is no danger at all. It is an unconscious response. Living life in this traumatised state can be both exhausting and debilitating.
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