jasmin wrote:Other forms of assault can be very traumatic too, even if they happen only once. Are you talking about what you tell your docotrs/therapists? You are entitled to your own opinions. Maybe this is how you vent your emotions.
Canarygirl wrote:I think its the body trying to protect us from experiencing more danger. Trauma memories are stored in an entirely different part of the brain from other memories. They are stored in the non-verbal part of the brain, and so often the best way to access and release them is through non-verbal, motor activities. One theory about why trauma memories are stored elsewhere is that it has a faster reaction time in the body, so when the brain senses that some element is repeating itself (triggers), it launches into a protective response. .. I learned this through a trauma specialist who did a workshop in our area. I'm a survivor and an advocate, and so both personally and in work, I've found this same question really fascinating, and also the one that haunts me because it is so unjust. Anyway, the man's name is William Steele and he is with TLC in Detroit, Michigan. Another person who amazes me in their understanding of how trauma affects the brain and can be released non-verbally is (yikes I can't recall, but I can find it if someone wants it) The important thing to know is that even seemignly simply sandtray activities and figurines can be super effective at releasing PTSD. There are some articles on line about success in treating vets with PTSD through sand trya work. ...I didn't believe it til someone sent me to a workshop, and we had to try it out ourselves. I was totally surprised; all this stuff got released from my rape many years earlier! I still have some triggers, but most of them and the mild PTSD I still coped with, went away once I did this non-verbal work. Anyway, it's my belief that trauma is the body's natural defense system. PTSD, in my opinion, is a normal reaction to something completely abnormal happening and the brain is going into overdrive to monitor enough to prevent. head off at the pass, any future pain or injury that resembles what happened. It helped me forgive myself for havign PTSD, too, to realize it. Little kids get it from medical treatments sometimes. PTSD can form long after the 1st trauma happens. For example, if a person was raped, and then 10 years later goes through something that may seem less traumatic her, the two events can link up and PTSD happens then, even if it didn't originally. So that is something to be aware of, too. evidentally its quite common. Which is why people may not understand their friend's seemingly over the top reaction to something painful later on, it may actually be related to the rape years earlier. Trauma is fascinating, and awful. We feel what we feel. Even this PTSD specialist I met once developed PTSD (in a similar way I just described) and couldn't talk himself out of it. He went to therapy. It's Ok to go back to therapy if you need it, years later. It doesn't mean you've lost. You're just continuing to win! -Wow, I rambled. Off subject, but I hope it helps!
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