Trauma Response

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You are not your trauma. You are not your traumatic response. This is hard enough to accept and believe on a "normal" dayit is particularly difficult and important now. We are all experiencing our own version of traumatic response. As uncertainty and anxiety persists beyond an episode and becomes our new state of being, compounded by the grief and loss that is and will become a feature of this time, our nervous system activation becomes chronic and complex. It is worth naming these responses and how they might be manifesting right now. There is power in the naming.

We cannot fight this threat, so we may fight and become angry at our loved ones. We cannot flee, so we may escape in alcohol or food, or become suicidal, the ultimate flight, or ruminate on how we are going to escape at some point in the future. We cannot freeze long term, so we may shut down, unable to perform basic tasks, or withdraw emotionally. We cannot fawn (people-please) our way through it, so we may attempt to tend to the others in our life as a way of regulating, and then reel from the disconnection and inability to make anyone else ok in their own trauma response. We may cycle through all of them in a day or an hour.

These responses are often accompanied by shame and self-judgment- I should have been able to ______. I"m too ______. I"m not a good _______. We add the shame cycle to the traumatic response, and it feeds on itself, gaining momentum with each go around. So for example, if we fight, then we feel bad, and we can"t regulate, our next round of fight increases in intensity, as does the shame, and so on from there. Add to this that most of regulate by taking space, stepping away, getting out of the energy, using our tools and returning with some clarity, and that is just not an option for most right now. Add then feeling trapped to the recipe. And everyone in a household may be experiencing this at the same time.

Quoted From: https://lovegrowthcoaching.com/2020/04/20/trauma-response/

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