Archive for the ‘Coping with Trauma Related Dissociation’ Category

Updated:….Coping with Trauma Related Dissociation: Parts of the personality Fighting Each Other

Most dissociative parts influence your experience from the inside rather than exert complete control, that is, through passive influence.

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In fact, many parts never take complete control of a person, but are only experienced internally.  

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Frequent switching may be a sign of severe stress and inner conflict in most individuals.  

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This why we feel conflicted at times, confused because our internal space is in turmoil from our childhood Trauma.

Effects of fear and anxiety on Perception and Judgment!!

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from Coping with Trauma Related Dissociation:

“Fear and anxiety affect decision making in the direction of more caution and risk aversion.  Traumatized individuals pay more attention to cues of threat than other experiences, and they interpret ambitious stimuli as threatening, leading to more fear driven decisions.  In people with dissociative disorder, certain parts are compelled to focus on the perception of danger.  Living in trauma-time, these dissociative parts immediately perceive the present as being just “like the past” and emergency emotions such as fear, rage, or terror are immediately evoked, which compel impulsive decisions to engage in defensive behaviors (freeze, flight,flight, or collapse).  When parts of you are triggered, more rational and grounded parts may be overwhelmed and unable to make effective decisions.”

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My take on this quote: Our PTSD ego (cognitive mind) interprets reality in a distorted, harmful way.  This passage confirms my belief that the breathing track is needed so we do not freeze, flee, fight or collapse.  Overwhelmed and unable to make effective decisions is not healing.  We need to develop our focus directing our attention to now, instead of dissociating and fueling trauma.  Simple if we practice everyday and with every breath.

Complex PTSD; Choices!!!!!!!!!!!!__Updated

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Feelings are much like waves, we can’t stop them from coming but we can choose which one to surf.  ~Jonatan Mårtensson

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Sounds like our trauma thoughts and our choice to engage or observe!

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C-PTSD:__Behavior that helps Us!!!-____Kindness, Aerobic Exercise or Mental focus!!!

Cornelius Fraenkel

Behavior, as engaging random thoughts or emotions, fuels trauma.  The first rule of healing is to stop digging and stabilize the nervous system.  Building resilience in our nervous system, allows us to work on integrating our trauma.

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Acts of kindness for others or ourselves without concern for reward or pay, brings healing energy.  The spotlight of PTSD fades for a little while, when we take five minutes and share our time with a needy stranger.
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Maybe you will make a needy person feel important or needed with kindness.  Our actions travel out into the universe and bring a positive energy to the world.
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Aerobic exercise can deplete the cortisol levels, flush the poisons and bring achievement to the body/mind.  This is available everyday to support our healing.
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Mental focus practice carries unlimited healing potential for us.  Combine all this effort everyday, and heal a little every week.  In a month, significant shifts in our nervous system, have been documented in the new neuroscience data.

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C-PTSD:—- Difficult Days need to be accepted not Judged!!!!!!!

The Bridge

Learning to accept difficult times without judging them, brings so much freedom to our life.  Times become tougher when Trauma activates and brings anxiety, fear and confusion.

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The ability to let go of these emotions and thoughts heal us.  Surrender to the trauma thoughts by focusing on the breath.  This practice starts to deplete the power of trauma, held in the amygdala.
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Understand we heal not thinking about trauma.  What fires together wires together.  That means direct your attention to now and life will become better, freer in a couple of weeks.
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Life just is, without our ego’s bias.  If we judge it we own it and carry it with us.  Let go and it does not follow us.   A simple concept to heal.
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Updated:-for New Response——PTSD: Symptoms; Avoidance

Seed by Steven Kenny

Strong efforts to avoid any thoughts, feelings, or situations that might evoke traumatic memories

Amnesia, that is, inability to recall some or significant aspects of traumatizing events

Emotional numbness

 Inability to enjoy life or feel love

Feelings as though you are on automatic pilot

Isolation and avoidance of other people

Reluctance to talk about traumatic experiences

Updated:——PTSD: Symptoms; Intrusion Symptoms

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Flashbacks, that is, reliving some or all of the traumatizing event as though it is happening in the present.

Nightmares of traumatizing events or similar content.

Hallucinations, delusions, or illusions that are related to traumatizing events.

Severe, recurring anxiety reactions or panic, with heart palpitations, rapid breathing, sweating, and trembling, and a sense of impending doom.

Feeling paralyzed with fear or wanting to run away.

Updated:—-PTSD: Symptoms; Hyporarousal

Elegant_Stinkhorn by Steven Kenny

These symptoms have been accepted as fact that some people experience a kind of dissociative shutdown in response to trauma.

 Emotional Numbness

Physical Numbness

Blank Mind

Profound detachment

 Inability to move or respond

Extreme drowsiness and even temporary loss of consciousness

Updated:—–More Coping with Trauma Related Dissociation!

“Some dissociative parts of the personality, living in trauma time, may experience the same emotion no matter the situation, such as fear, rage, shame, sadness, yearning and even some positive ones just as joy.

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 Other parts have a broader range of feeling.  Because emotions are often held in certain parts of the personality, different parts can have highly contradictory perceptions, emotions, and reactions to the same situation.”

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This explains many feelings, emotions, and doubts about the unknown haunting us at times.

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Awareness and discovering the inner world may help, tremendously.

Updated:—-Coping with Trauma Related Dissociation, ——- Anger!!!!!

Specific parts of you personality may be angry and are usually easily evoked.  because these parts are dissociated, anger remains an emotion that is not integrated for you as a whole person.  Even though individuals with dissociative disorder are responsible for their behavior, just like everyone else, regardless of which part may be acting, they may feel little control of these raging parts of themselves.

Some dissociative parts may avoid or even be phobic of anger.  They may influence you as a whole person to avoid conflict with others at any cost or to avoid setting healthy boundaries out of fear of someone else’s anger; or they may urge you to withdraw from others almost completely.

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Parts of you are phobic of anger and generally terrified and ashamed of angry dissociative parts.  There is often tremendous conflict between anger-avoidant  and anger-fixated parts of an individual.  Thus, an internal and perpetual cycle of rage-shame-fear creates inner chaos and pain.

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You as a whole person are thus unable to reconcile conflicts about anger and learn to tolerate and express anger in healthy ways.  Inner turmoil and dissociation are maintained.”

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