Your nervous system constantly takes in sensory information and responds accordingly. You may have heard the term ‘fight or flight’; these are the stress response states of the nervous system. At its most primitive when the nervous system senses danger do you need to fight or flight to stay alive?
Sometimes fight or flight isn’t an option when what we’re faced with completely overwhelms us. When this happens we can go into a freeze state or a state of mental and/or physical immobility. This inability to respond or complete a natural self-protective response can result in trauma, and the retention of trauma and survival energy in the nervous system.
Trauma is not necessarily the action, situation or circumstance but an individual’s response to these. Trauma can emerge from:
- Childhood sexual, emotional or physical abuse;
- Motor vehicle accidents;
- Near death experiences;
- Worksite injuries;
- Falls or near-falls;
- War and escape from war-torn countries;
- Sexual assault;
- Pre and perinatal (before and during birth) issues;
The symptoms of trauma I work with include:
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD);
- Grief and loss;