It’s a brain thing.
Yes, it is a brain thing. Yes, you experienced a situation that your brain registered as a traumatic experience that was so startling that your brain wasn’t able process it.
Rather, your brain got stuck along with a host of feelings, including body sensations, emotions, thoughts, images, sounds, smells, and even tastes.
This means that now you might be experiencing some of the following symptoms:
Nightmares, flashbacks, sitting so you face the door, function on high alert, protective, heart racing, restless sleep (if and when you can sleep), panic, and isolation.
And avoidance of people, places, and things.
These are triggers that set you off and take you right back there.
What event can trigger this type of brain response?
Trauma from war. Witnessing violence. Shootings. Natural disasters. Motor vehicle accidents.
Trauma from experiencing sexual trauma. Physical trauma.
Trauma from unexpected loss of a loved one. Medical trauma.
Trauma from having a family member that experienced trauma. Relationship trauma.
Trauma from your work. Military trauma. First Responder Trauma. Medical Profession Trauma.
Lack of processing
Whatever the event, your brain in acute stress situations is unable to fully process what the “beep” is happening. This lack of ability to process combined with the way our bodies are programmed biologically to remember traumatic situations creates stress.
When there were saber-toothed tigers, this was a great survival system, but it is not so helpful in modern times.
It’s not your fault. You certainly are not weak or broken. Blame biology, not yourself.
Despite what you may have heard, PTSD is treatable.
“I believe not only that trauma is curable, but that the healing process can be a catalyst for profound awakening.”
~Peter A. Levine, Ph.D.
You don’t need to continue living like this a moment longer. You deserve to give yourself the opportunity to heal. You don’t have to do this alone.
Therapy can help.
You may not be interested in talking about what happen. Guess what? You don’t have to talk about it.
The best thing about the type of therapies I use is that you choose when to talk about what happened, not me.
All you need to do is show up and let me guide you through the process.
There is hope. Contact us now.
Call me at (253) 468-7899 for a free 15-minute phone consultation.