About Trauma

We are simply the difference between our dreams and our fears, with belief acting as the extraneous variable.
– Aaron J. Wiemeier –

Myths & Truths

Myth: People who are traumatized are weak and crying, feeling sad or overwhelmed does’nt help.

Truth: Everyone experiences trauma in some way. Theoretically, any stressor in our lives that overwhelmes our physical or mental ability to deal with it can become traumatic. Crying and sadness is just one of the ways the body naturally processes trauma.

Myth: Once you have been traumatized, there is nothing you can do about it – it will always be a part of you.

Truth: The goal of trauma work is to integrate the aspects of the trauma into the psyche, not eliminate them. There is some truth to the older you are the harder it may be to fully recover from a traumatic event if that event stems from childhood integrated personality issues or you are in a chronic state of stress in your current life situation.

Myth: Traumatic situations always occur independent of past experiences

Truth: There is often a connection between the trauma in our lives and our past childhood experiences. As it pertains to brain physiology, there is a very specific reason for this in terms of the bodies natural ability to heal itself.

Myth: The most common symptom of trauma is depression which in children looks like sad, withdrawn behavior.

Truth: Depression is a common symptom of trauma, however in children depressive symptoms are more often increased irritability, anger and aggression.

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