Patterns of Connection and Disconnection in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms

Patterns of Connection and Disconnection in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms

Both connection and disconnection have function. Connecting with your body, emotions and sensations, helps you to relate to the world and others. When we rest however, we need to disconnect from our daily reality in order to regenerate; to replenish our energies.

The meaning of connection and disconnection drastically changes when we suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. When being connected to oneself and others becomes associated with being in danger, the only option you have is to disconnect, to dissociate, especially so, during childhood. It is not a voluntarily decision, but is, albeit, precipitated by necessity.

The Right Approach to Disconnection for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Recovery

Feeling the disconnected state, both as client and therapist, while working through Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms, is not any stranger. Rather than judging the client for not being serious or resisting treatment this disconnection needs to be honored and re-negotiated.

The reason disconnection is present; it helps take away stress that is there through (self) judgment.

Holding the disconnection; feeling it; becoming intimate with it, starts making it more fluid, less frozen, paving the way for connecting again, for feeling the body, the sensations, the pains.

Dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: What the Results Are when Done Correctly

When done carefully, vacillating between being attentive to the disconnection and being able to manage and process re-connection, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can be treated successfully.

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  1. AD  April 9, 2017

    This! After my MVA which was serious, not so helpful ‘others’ decided my past was my ‘problem’ and instead of being treated for accident injuries I was put on a merry-go-round of being told what my ‘problem’ was. I survived but failed to meet the expectations of others because I kept disconnecting.
    Slowly moving forward…this time with education 🙂


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