Your trauma may have changed you, but it doesn’t have to own you.
It is imperative that humans heal from trauma. Your life depends on it. Other lives depend on it. Past trauma is a reason [many] people turn to things that lead to addiction. In an impatient world, these things provide an immediate [temporary] relief from traumatic memories and lingering pain by making us feel good – even if for a moment.
Untreated trauma = chronic stress, and chronic stress wreaks havoc in the body. It is a known cause of inflammation which leads to a myriad of other serious health issues – including heart attacks and strokes. One study from Harvard concluded “Typically, the more trauma you’ve experienced, the worse your health is.” (Link to study below).
Here’s the thing:
If someone shot you, you’d quickly seek medical help, participate in physical therapy, follow the doctor’s orders, take the appropriate medication, and do anything else you’re advised to see your body healed.
Still, we don’t have this same mentality when it comes to the mental/emotional aspect of trauma. Why is that? We treat our bodies but neglect our minds, then wonder why we suffer anxiety, depression, fits of anger, even rage.
I know from experience how difficult it is to endure trauma and its after effects. It can be even more difficult to work through the effects to see yourself healed and able to move forward. Sadly, many people do not take the time to effectively deal with the traumas they endure. We have fooled ourselves into believing acknowledging our pain makes us weak and surpressing it makes us strong; but this is a destructive lie.
If you are suffering from the after effects of untreated trauma PLEASE seek professional help. There are many resources available – online and off. To find help in your local area please swipe to the last picture for trauma assistance. You can also find resources for mental health assistance via the National Alliance on Mental Illness by visiting https://www.nami.org/Find-Support .
Your trauma may have changed you, but it doesn’t have to own you. Please, find support today.