Are you feeling unsafe and anxious?
Anxiety, depression, PTSD are all the results of distressing events. They leave us feeling unsafe.
Trauma can be caused by an event or series of events that have happened in the course of your lifetime, that have not been resolved, and can impact your physiological and physically well-being.
Trauma is different for everyone. Some will be affected more than others. It all depends on our ability to regulate the ‘flight, fright, freeze’ stress hormones.
You may be living life as a high functioning individual, having tucked away the trauma into a neat little box.
If you suffer from anxiety, anger, addictions, rage, panic attacks, fear, stress, worry, self-doubt, self-loathing, lack of confidence, depression, PTSD, OCD, phobias, not feeling worthy or lovable, impatience, intolerance these may be a consequence of unresolved trauma or distressing events that have not been put to bed. The slightest thing can re-trigger you with flashbacks, causing your body to be flooded with stress hormones again and again. It's miserable! No matter how much you logically try to control these feelings, you can't.
Why does this happen?
Memories are not stored in the conscious mind. They are stored in the un-conscious mind. All events, the good and the bad are stored as memories. Your conscious logical mind knows that the event is over, it was years ago and it's not happening now. However, your un-conscious mind does not know this event is over as it has not been made into a memory. It's playing on a 24/7 video loop causing you to feel anxious, stressed, fearful, angry, nervous, sad, lonely, alone, isolated, unworthy, unlovable, not good enough.
If the Hippocampus, the area of our brain that is responsible for taking an event and making it a memory, is regularly flooded with stress hormones it gets smaller and smaller and it will lose its ability to make a memory . The event will then play as a 24/7 video loop in the un-conscious mind.
This then causes the Amygdala, which is responsible for our emotions, to get bigger and stronger, and unless the distressing event/s is made into a memory, and the emotional charge is taken out of that event, the Amygdala will grow in size, just like a muscle.
The body and the unconscious mind believe what we richly imagine and cannot tell the difference between what is real or imagined - hence the flashbacks seem as if they are happening right now. The experience of a flashback is just as real today as it was days/months/years ago.
Unfortunately, it is the fear, rage and anger areas of the Amygdala that become the default emotions we use to respond to everyday life, causing behaviours that are often undesirable and inappropriate . More often than not, our nearest and dearest ones bear the brunt of this disturbing behaviour.
Many events can cause you to feel unsafe.
Mental & physical abuse
Involvement in a motor vehicle accident
Being mugged/robbed/physically assaulted
Death of a loved one
Experiencing a natural disaster i.e. Black Sunday Bushfires
Witnessing or experiencing domestic violence
Not being nurtured or loved as a child
Parents who yell and shout either at each other or you
Being told that you are stupid, a burden, will amount to nothing etc
Dreadful event/s may have occurred as a child or in your adulthood and the ramifications of these distressing events can present immediately or it may take years to manifest.
You may suffer unexplained behaviours or illness that you now seemingly have no control over. It may even seem that there is no reason for you be to suffering!
The Richards Trauma Process™ will effectively and safely, without re-traumatising, make the trauma a memory - and restore you to calm by removing the 'emotional charge' and letting your un-conscious mind know that 'ITS OVER NOW - IT'S SAFE - I'M SAFE!'
Don't let unresolved trauma or distressing events keep you trapped within your un-conscious mind - keeping you in a world of pain. What is TRTP?