The Impact of Trauma

Trauma is defined as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience that creates emotional shock. Unresolved traumas in your life can lead to negative behavioral patterns that greatly impact your ability to establish and reach your goals.

When traumatic events result in emotional and/or psychological distress, they can destroy your sense of security and ability to cope with everyday living. Examples of trauma include automobile accidents, earthquake, rape, physical or sexual abuse, extended illness, witnessing an act of violence, kidnapping, and robbery, to name a few. For many types of trauma, the physical damage to the body heals, but the emotional and psychological aspects are left untreated, causing adverse effects.

Trauma or traumatic memories change your perception of the world around you and can affect your ability to function. In the body’s attempt to manage the stress of a traumatic experience, protective coping mechanisms step in that tend to suppress overwhelming feelings and memories. This suppression may initially manage trauma, but over time, repressed feelings can deepen in intensity, often resulting in symptoms which manifest in a variety of emotional and psychological patterns of behavior or perceived addiction.

Traumatic events can effect people of all ages, reprogramming neurological pathways in the brain and changing the way you see the world. Trauma that occurred in childhood impacts emotional development and can effect the psychology of that person as an adult. Issues manifesting in adults who were traumatized as children include; depression, anxiety, problems with addiction, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Borderline Personality Disorder, and various dissociative disorders.