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A Thinking Moment: Understanding Trauma and Its Symptoms

Updated: Jun 21, 2023


Take a moment to reflect on the experiences that have shaped your life. Some moments may have brought immense joy and fulfillment, while others may have left deep scars. Today, we invite you to explore the topic of trauma and its symptoms—a crucial aspect of our emotional well-being. Understanding trauma can be a transformative step toward healing and growth, and at AV, we are here to guide you on this journey.


What is Trauma?

Trauma, at its core, is the aftermath of deeply distressing events that shake the foundation of our emotional equilibrium. It is the response of our mind and body to experiences that overwhelm our ability to cope effectively. Trauma can be caused by a wide range of events, such as accidents, abuse, loss, or natural disasters. It affects individuals from all walks of life, leaving an indelible mark on their well-being.


Understanding Trauma Symptoms:

When someone has experienced trauma, it often manifests through a series of symptoms that may impact their daily life. Each person's response to trauma is unique, but there are common symptoms worth exploring.


1. Emotional and Psychological Impact:

Trauma can trigger a wide range of emotional responses, including anxiety, depression, fear, guilt, anger, or a sense of detachment. These emotions may surface unexpectedly or persistently, impacting relationships, work, and overall well-being.


2. Re-experiencing Traumatic Events:

One of the hallmark symptoms of trauma is the tendency to re-experience the distressing event. This may happen through intrusive thoughts, vivid nightmares, or flashbacks, making it challenging to focus on the present moment.


3. Avoidance and Numbing:

To cope with the overwhelming emotions tied to trauma, individuals may develop avoidance strategies. They might distance themselves from situations, places, or people that trigger memories of the traumatic event. This avoidance can lead to a sense of numbness, disconnection, or a feeling of being emotionally stuck.


4. Hyperarousal and Hypervigilance:

Trauma can heighten our sensitivity to potential threats, leading to hyperarousal and hypervigilance. Individuals may experience difficulty sleeping, restlessness, irritability, or an exaggerated startle response. They are constantly on edge, expecting danger around every corner.



Moving Towards Healing and Growth:

Acknowledging the impact of trauma and taking steps towards healing is a courageous choice. At AV, we believe in the power of compassionate guidance and personalized support to help individuals overcome trauma's grip and embark on a path of healing and growth. We will dive in more into this topic in the preceding weeks.


Final Reflection:

Pause for a moment and reflect on the resilience within you, that inner warrior that needs to break free—the strength that empowers you to face the wounds of the past head-on. By understanding and recognizing trauma, its symptoms and your own will to survive, you can start to reclaim your emotional well-being and shape a future filled with healing and growth. Let's do it together! ✌🏽❤️


-Therma H.

Ascension Village






(If you would like to share your story/experiences, or ask questions, please email me at Therma@ascensionvillage.org)


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