Understanding Traumatic Stress
FasterEFT has a complete understanding that every individual reacts and records every single experience uniquely compared another. No two people are identical in this planet, even those who are exposed to the same environments with the same level of education and coming from a similar family will eventually have a varied understanding of how the world works.
That is why when dealing with terrible events, some people may find recovery to be normally easy while others find the after-effects to be much more painful, incapacitating and often permanently changed their life. An individual will continue to suffer because the mind has created this structure referencing each incoming event from a previous catastrophic experience.
Feeling numb or wanting to feel numb, shutting themselves from those around them and constantly feeling grief and guilt are just among the responses that continuously weighs them down. Normal sleep patterns may be interrupted as memories keep on visiting them in unpleasant dreams.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, is a term applied when an individual continues to suffer physical and psychological reactions after exposure to a painful event. When a traumatic event cause damage to the individual’s emotions, it may damage the person’s normal coping skills, hence resulting to traumatic stress.
Some people who are suffering from Traumatic Stress Responses including PTSD consider their states as permanent and often leads to many other problems and disorders. The mind will always try to find a way to relieve itself from the pain, often an individual might turn to something to temporarily numb-out.
FasterEFT understands that in overcoming trauma it is important to not only address the responses caused by stress, but to eliminate its root cause.
Traumatic events may range from witnessing actual dangers and violence or experiencing a life-threatening event causing death or serious injury. Other examples of experiences that may lead to Traumatic Stress Responses are as follows:
- Transport disasters
- Domestic Violence
- House Fires
- Natural Calamities
- Combat experiences
- Terrorist attacks
- Rape and sexual assault
- Losing a job
- End of a relationship
- Death of a loved one
If you will look at the above list, you may notice that some events are far more catastrophic than the others. But as mentioned at the opening of this article, every person’s coping mechanism is unique. Some may be able to move on easily while some may have their ability to cope to be completely overwhelmed by the traumatic experience.
Manifestations of Traumatic Stress
After a painful traumatic experience an individual’s reaction may fall into any of the 3 groups:
1. Arousal Reactions
- Uncontrolled temper and lack of concentration.
An increase in the levels of adrenaline has a great impact on a sufferer’s mood and may find themselves often highly sensitive, argumentative and negative among common issues.
- Sleep disturbance
This is a very common experience for people who are suffering traumatic stress. Often they experience, heavy sweating, recurring unpleasant dreams and nightmares and waking up in weird hours.
- Exaggerated hyper-awareness
Sudden and dramatic trauma may cause a person to hyper aware of their environment and always in the lookout for potential danger. Being in this state is not only draining but have serious health risks because of the elevated stress hormones flowing the blood stream.
- Panic attacks and exaggerated startle response
People who are suffering from PTSD may easily have exaggerated reactions unexpected movements in their surroundings resulting in becoming nervous, shakiness or full “panic attack”. Panic attacks usually occur without warning and may have accompanying symptoms such as hyperventilation, chest pains, faintness and more.
2. Avoidance Reactions
- Avoidance behavior
A person going through PTSD may exhibit an avoidance behavior towards a place, person or thing that serves as triggers for anxiety or overwhelming feelings.
- Having difficulty with intimacy or alienation
For most people suffering from PTSD they may show signs that they do not want to talk with other people not just difficulty in communicating but total alienation in contact. Some may even find it difficult to have any intimate contact with another person, even if it is their partners.
- Addictions and comfort eating
Some people may be drawn to substance abuse like alcohol or drugs to escape some painful reactions connected with their trauma. While comfort eating may not be seen as an extreme addiction, some people use food and the idea of eating an a way to alleviate and block reality.
3. Intrusive Reactions (re-experiencing the events)
Flashbacks happen when the intrusive memories coming from the previous traumatic experience seems to be happening again. The reasons flashback is very difficult to handle is because the person who suffers from it, relives not only the psychological trauma and memories but actualize physical sensations that are associated with the trauma is present or seems to be experience again.
Not everyone who goes through Traumatic Stress Responses experience flashback, nonetheless it is obvious among cases of PTSD that they have problems with switching off their recollection of the event. The most common things in daily life can easily be associated by a sufferer to the traumatic experience and trigger stress responses.
There are other reactions following trauma that may be considered subtle compared to those mentioned above. These are:
- Traumatic grief
- Self-blame and Guilt
- Loss of self-esteem
How FasterEFT can end Traumatic Stress Responses and PTSD
FasterEFT management of PTSD and other cases of Traumatic Stress Responses is very delicate. Nonetheless, it is not to be confused or substituted to any medication prescribed by a physician or licensed medical professionals.
In addressing PTSD, FasterEFT works with the mind and not only with the severity of the symptoms. Meaning an individual who use the techniques is able to collapse the structure of the disorder with its accompanying triggers and symptoms. How this is accomplished in FasterEFT is basically reimprinting the previous memories and replace it with something more pleasant. Doing this, the references used by the mind stored within the subconscious is flipped, without these references all incoming events will no longer be filtered through previous records that creates negative thought patterns and causing unpleasant behavior and other negative physiological responses.
Living in a highly stressed state and overwhelming fear every day poses a potentially high risk for other illnesses to manifest.
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