PTSD Suffering and Why You Might be Holding Onto It
Let’s talk about why you hold onto PTSD Suffering.
Suffering can be just as self-indulgent as pleasure. When you live with the aftermath and symptoms of PTSD for a long time, it becomes a part of you.
Therefore we adapt, for better or for worse, in order to cope and survive.
Attachment to Suffering from PTSD
When you begin working and processing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms you may become aware of the attachment you have to your past and even your symptoms. You might also notice that they have become part of your character structure and give you a sense of self; ultimately giving you a sense of safety, even when it hurts.
This in itself can feel conflictive at times, as part of you wants to get rid of the suffering, while another part of you wants to hold on to the suffering as a sense of control. This is because the ‘unknown’ is perceived as possibly more dangerous than your present ‘known’ state.
Constructive Steps in Healing
Constructive trauma therapy–to assist alleviating suffering from PTSD–needs to essentially address two parts:
- Processing and working through emotional residue related to past experiences or periods.
- Dealing with the attachment to the ‘known’, by addressing the habit of self-affirmation, which is tied to the necessity to control.
Do you have PTSD or Complex PTSD and struggle with hypervigilance, anxiety, or depression? Would you want to have more resilience, so you can live a normal life without feeling further overwhelmed? Let’s get started right here →
It takes diligent work to resolve suffering from PTSD, restructuring perspective and examining the need and validity of holding onto control, that allows for new possibilities to open up and to live a life that is no longer based on the past.