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How Trauma Affects your Body

Releasing trauma from the mind and body can have incredibly powerful effects. In addition, the indirect impact of an injury on the body can be subtle, but dangerous. Childhood trauma can have severe and long-term consequences.

Adults with a history of childhood trauma have been shown to have more chronic physical illnesses and problems. Children with a history of complex trauma may develop chronic or recurrent physical ailments such as headaches or abdominal pain.

A child with a complex history of trauma can be provoked or "provoked" easily and is likely to react very intensely. Children who have experienced complex trauma often have difficulty identifying, expressing, and managing emotions and may have limited language for describing emotional states. They often internalize and/or externalize reactions to stress, which may result in significant depression, anxiety, or anger. Children and young people may react to trauma in very different ways than adults, and often in unexpected ways.

While it can be helpful to understand the overall response to trauma, it is important to recognize that trauma is a highly individualized experience that triggers broad responses. Following a traumatic event or retrauma, people respond differently, experiencing a wide range of physical and emotional responses. It is normal to have strong emotional or physical reactions following an unpleasant event.

When you experience a traumatic event, your body's defense system kicks in and triggers a stress response, causing you to experience different physical symptoms, different behaviors, and stronger emotions. When we experience trauma or even chronic stress, our bodies go into survival mode.

Life after the injury can be incredibly stressful, and living in a state of constant stress can trigger physiological responses that cause a variety of physical symptoms. The physical symptoms of trauma can be just as real and disturbing as the symptoms of physical injury or illness, and care must be taken to manage stress levels after a traumatic event.

Trauma can be caused by an extremely negative event that has a lasting effect on the mental and emotional stability of the victims. Traumatic experiences often involve life or safety is threatened, but any situation that makes you feel overwhelmed and isolated can cause trauma, even if it doesn't involve physical harm. Trauma can be the result of major life events, such as being in a war zone, sexual abuse, a natural disaster, or more common experiences, such as childhood abuse. While many sources of injury are physical, others are psychological.

Whether or not you develop PTSD, the fact is that emotional trauma can leave its mark in many ways, and we'll look at five of them here. Psychological trauma can cause you to struggle with upsetting emotions, memories, and worries that won't go away. People with post-traumatic stress disorder may feel anxious for years after the injury, whether they were physically traumatized or not. It is not uncommon for people who feel trapped in the effects of trauma to develop mental health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety.

Although emotional trauma is a normal response to a disturbing event, it develops into post-traumatic stress disorder, when your nervous system freezes and you are left in psychological shock, unable to understand what happened or process your emotions. Of course, physical injuries and injuries are usually visually measurable and can result in physical pain associated with the injury, but the emotional trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can also have profound effects on the human body.

The number of traumas, both physical and emotional, is extremely high in the United States, with more than 223 million people experiencing at least one traumatic event in their lives.

While trauma can affect anyone, regardless of socioeconomic status, many people living in poverty often witness violence in their communities, have incarcerated relatives, and experience ongoing institutional discrimination that affects them. healthy. Often, the physical and emotional pain of an injury can be overwhelming, leading to unhealthy tendencies such as smoking or drinking. While this may seem like an effective short-term strategy, it only dulls our emotions and prolongs the effects of trauma on our minds and body. The physical and emotional pain of trauma can also lead to unhealthy habits, such as smoking or drinking to dull your emotions, or overeating to calm your emotions.

Emotional trauma can lead to lasting brain changes that can lead to addiction, depression, and many other problems that can ruin your life if left untreated. Trauma, especially during childhood, can alter a person's brain structure, leading to long-term physical and behavioral health problems. While a traumatic event can happen to anyone, you're more likely to be traumatized by the event if you've been under a lot of stress, have had a recent series of losses, or have had trauma in the past, especially if it's happened before. in infancy. Although trauma is a normal response to a scary event, the consequences can be so severe that it prevents a person from living a normal life.

Depression and trauma often coexist, and feelings of hopelessness, discomfort, and sadness can last for days or even weeks. Anger, pain, hopelessness, helplessness, shame, numbness, and loneliness are common emotional responses to trauma. Some common traumatic emotional symptoms include denial, anger, sadness, and emotional outbursts.

Often the first thing to notice is the psychological impact of trauma, which disrupts the daily lives of people with depression, anxiety, anger, intense fears, flashbacks, and paranoia. Because trauma is often interpersonal, even mildly stressful interactions with others can serve as reminders of the trauma and elicit strong emotional responses.

Trauma makes us more susceptible to stressors and more likely to increase levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Because trauma affects the HPA axis, it can affect our hormones, especially adrenaline, cortisol, and oxytocin. Or, in other words, this emotional trauma creates dense energy forms in our bodies. Another way that trauma can affect our relationship with our body is through the defense.

The emotional and physical reactions it causes can make you more prone to serious illnesses, including heart attack, stroke, obesity, diabetes, and cancer, according to a Harvard Medical School study. Anxiety due to trauma can manifest itself in issues such as night terrors, nervousness, irritability, poor concentration, and mood swings.

As mental health experts specializing in the treatment of trauma, the EXIS Recovery team knows that the world can seem unpredictable and dangerous after a traumatic event. Most of us are no strangers to life's many challenges, but the medical community has not always taken a mindful approach to trauma care (informed trauma care assumes that all patients have some form of trauma that can affect their well-being). Chan School of Public Health, permanent or hidden trauma caused by events can trigger endocrine and immune problems (to which a person may or may not already be genetically predisposed).


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