You’ve experienced something traumatic, and things haven’t been the same since.
You thought you could somehow just get over it, but you haven’t. It’s hard enough to have experienced this, and now on top of that, you’re upset with yourself for not doing better. You’re anxious, upset, sad, emotional. One minute you’re fine and the next you’re completely not. You struggle to keep all this hidden and wonder if others notice.
Logically you know that what happened wasn’t your fault, but you may find yourself dealing with a lot of shame and guilt, wondering if you somehow could have prevented what happened or if some defect or inadequacy is the reason for the event.
We want you to know that these are common reactions to experiencing trauma. The anxiety, the feeling of being on guard constantly. Being easily triggered into a near panic attack.
The fact of the matter is, trauma impacts not only your brain, but also your body.
And when your body gets a reminder of your trauma, your body reacts in the way, well, a body reacts to the trauma. This is not something you have a choice about. And it is normal. And most importantly, it can be treated using forms of therapy that address these reactions of the body and brain.