Trauma is on the rise and people need help. A lot of people. And they need help now.
The calm and high quality of life that the modern world provides also creates a certain expectation of how things have to be. We're so comfortable with our lives that we've developed a philosophy of life where our homeostasis is dependent on external factors. This is a dangerous way to live because when things get rattled people begin to fall apart.
On the other hand, there are people who grow up in very difficult situations. It could be repeated problems in the family, a dangerous part of the city, or a dangerous part of the world. they are raised from a young age to be hyper-vigilant, a trait that could be a precursor to PTSD.
Terror is on the rise not just in Israel - but worldwide. The juxtaposition of the relative calm in the Western World with sudden, unexpected terror attacks - even small ones - wreaks havoc on a huge population untrained to cope constructively with traumatic events.
The truth is that life is filled with traumatic events - and it always has been.
The real tragedy is the lack of awareness among community leaders, educators, clergy, health and mental health professionals, government officials of the prevelance of what trauma is and how it can be healed.
Some More Common Traumatic Events:
- Death of a loved one
- Life Threat
- Terror Attack
- Natural Disaster (floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires)
- Abuse (physical abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse)
- Witnessing Death
- Any event that a person or child processes in a traumatic way
- The list really goes on and on
Symptoms a Person is in Trauma
There are many hidden symptoms that a person is in trauma. Trauma can reset the delicate balance of the Parasympathetic and Sympathetic Nervous Systems leaving them with a host of mental and physical health problems.
Some symptoms can include difficulty functioning or difficulty functioning in specific settings, anxiety, depression, ADHD like behavior, drug, alcohol or other addiction, eating disorder, allergies, sexual problems, neurotic or compulsive thinking.
Often western medicine addresses the physical symptoms and even therapy often focuses on behavioral functioning. Many professionals are aware neither of the symptoms that point towards trauma as a root cause, nor modern techniques available to actually heal the trauma.
Trauma Can Be Healed and It Can Be Healed Quickly.
Trauma has two components. The event and the explanation of the event. The real place that trauma resides is in the explanation - not in the event itself. The explanation is a series of beliefs, philosophy, attitude developed as a response to the traumatic event or even predating it. With the proper technique, these thoughts can be changed to thoughts that are healthier and allow for normal functioning despite the challenging situation that the person has gone through or is going through.
It's not just the Event - It's the Attitude; and attitudes can be changed
That's why not only can PTSD and trauma suffering be treated and be healed but it can even be prevented. Not every tragic event needs to turn into a traumatic one. We can't prevent tragedy but we can prevent trauma.