Our first article explored the (3) different types of trauma, today let's take a look at some of the symptoms that can accompany each of these. While many of them are the same, the difference is that in the latter 2, the sufferer may have more severe long-term effects as a result of longer-term trauma.
For the rest of this week, I'm going to focus on Trauma and how it can greatly impact a person's life and ability to deal with the every day.
Call Me Alice
"Call me Alice. Let me fall down the rabbit hole into a world of adventure unknown. Call me the Queen. Let me rise above the masses and with the power of my voice make all those who dare to cause me harm, quiver and shake. Call me the Hatter. Let me mad with joy and riddle those around me for I am without fear even though I should be...."
Talk "Dirty" to Me...
SUGAR AND SPICE AND EVERYTHING NICE, THAT’S WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE OF…… You know that old rhyme, the one that reminds us as little girls to be sweet and be kind. To stay “good” no matter what. What happens though when you want to be more spice than sugar? More naughty than nice?
1. Now don't laugh at this because it will sound odd but it is scientifically proven: Place your face into cold water for at least 15-30 seconds. The shock of the water actually activates an evolutionary response that we have too being submerged. Your breathing slows, your heart rate slows and your body goes into a more relaxed state. It's called the Mammalian Diving Response. Read up on it if you like it really works!
Trauma and PTSD
Roughly 20% of people who have suffered through a severely traumatic experience or repeated trauma will develop PTSD. Also known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, this condition can last a short time, or in some cases, can cause symptoms and behaviors that last for years, decades, or the reminder of a person's life.
Letting go is hard. It's downright scary. There is comfort inside complacency, there is an odd peace that comes with knowing what to expect even if when you aren't living a fully realized life.