Dissociation is the essence of trauma.

Pixabay; geralt

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The Body Keeps the Score;

The overwhelming experience is split off and fragmented, so that the emotions, sounds, images, thoughts, and physical sensations related to the trauma take on a life of their own.

The sensory fragments of memory intrude into the present, where they are literally relived.

As long as the trauma is not resolved, the stress hormones that the body secretes to protect itself keep circulating, and the defensive movements and emotional responses keep getting replayed.

Unlike Stan, however, many people may not be aware of the connection between their “crazy” feelings and reactions and the traumatic events that are being replayed.

They have no idea why they respond to some minor irritation as if they were about to be annihilated.

Flashbacks and reliving are in some ways worse that the trauma itself.

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8 responses to this post.

  1. I’ve had the same job since I left my abuser; almost 2 years. Right now I am in extreme danger of losing because I literally can not handle being any where that is not home. When I do go, I leave early… and because of the panic attacks, I can not bring myself to tell them I’m leaving. I just sneak out.

  2. It’s called agoraphobia

    I was stuck in my garage for six months

    Your in survival mode, Ptsd is active, probably hyper vigilant
    Maybe fight or flight firing

    Try not to judge yourself

    Ptsd is irrational by definition and you are in the midst of imminent danger or your amygdala thinks so

    All your effort needs to be directed at releasing the body trauma and working on the storyline

    That movie playing inside your head ignited your fight or flight mechanism

  3. The mental health services where I live are more then lacking, I’m a single mom of 4. At first, I thought writing about it, finally stopping the secrets would help. Either it makes it worse or I have to stories from when I was a kid too. Idk. But I am so thankful for your words.

  4. Thinking about it makes it grow

    You have to calm your system down enough to be able to start healing some of this

    Do you meditate

  5. I pray and read my bible; I hear it’s similar

  6. Nope

    Different

    No reading
    Nothing cognitive at all
    No thinking

    Just focus on the breath

  7. Praying and reading the Bible are fine but for healing Ptsd
    Not so good

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