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TRAUMA... can leave us in shock, numb and/or immobilized. 

Trauma can be defined as any perceived or actual life threatening event that causes an unusually high level of emotional distress that has a long time negative effect on a person. It is the response to the threat that determines whether the event was traumatic, not the event itself. Peter Levine says that we become traumatized when our ability to respond to a perceived threat is in some way overwhelmed.

Possible causes of trauma...

Which may include, but are not limited to, some of the following:

  •  global pandemic

  • childhood emotional, verbal, physical or sexual abuse

  • trust, attachment issues from childhood

  • witnessing death, violence or threat of violence

  • loss of job

  • loss of a loved one

  • rape

  • abuse

  • betrayal

  • war

  • natural disasters

  • medical procedures

  • accidents  

Possible effects of trauma:

Which may include, but are not limited to, some of the following:

  • anxiety

  • depression

  • numbed emotions

  • anger/irritability

  • overwhelming guilt or shame

  • negative and critical beliefs of self

  • panic

  • intrusive thoughts

  • easily startled

  • difficulties sleeping

  • difficulties concentrating

  • feeling overwhelmed

  • feeling a need for control

  • fearful of being around people and situations

  • denial

  • helplessness/hopelessness

  • detaching/disengaging

  • racing thoughts 

  • muscle tension

  • dissociation

  • fragmented memories of traumatic experience

  • over eating or not eating

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