When Depression is The Elephant in the Room

When you talk about Trauma and PTSD, depression is going to be somewhere in the mix as a symptom. Depression is also one of the most complex symptoms related to trauma, as it has multiple effects:

  1. Most Post-Trauma symptoms are cyclic, and especially so with PTSD; one first goes through a fight/flight nervous system response, which is often offset by a trigger and accompanied by hyper-vigilance, anxiety, anger and a whole set of other physical and emotional symptoms.

    When this activation phase has run its course, we usually go into freeze mode, due to its overwhelming force, and sink for a period of numbness, dissociation, and depression. Depression here is thus directly related to a “burned out” state after the fight/flight activation, as part of this Post-Trauma symptoms cycle.

  2. Depression can act as a buffer against underlying feelings that are more upsetting emotionally– like extreme guilt, loss, worthlessness and deep hurt. Here, depression acts as dissociation to protect and facilitate, in consciousness, the survival of our fragile, deeply fragmented, fearful selves.

    It does, of course, come with a cost and the measure of that cost– depression versus feeling helpless– is often made at an unconscious level.

  3. Disruptive traumatic experiences, and periods that we haven’t had the opportunity or ability to integrate causes a split within us– in our identity. We seem to store these pains in deeper parts of our mind and our body.

    The energy that we have available to us on a daily basis is very definitely finite. Keeping fragmented parts of ourselves locked in the psychological past, and in our bodies, out of necessity takes up a significant amount of energy. If we are then left with very low energy to deal with the demands of life, family, and work, it should come as no surprise that we might well be coping with depression. In essence, depression relates to a lack of free-flowing energy; whatever the underlying causes of that trapped energy are, requires our attention.

Depression is so very common in our world today, unfortunately, that it is hardly ever recognized and seen in the context of Post-Trauma residue– that it forms part of a set of symptoms due to a coping response like dissociation, fatigue, and anxiety.

I hope this 3 part series has been helpful to you. If you want to learn more about Post-Traumatic Stress, have a look at The Trauma Essential Series right here below.

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There is a time and a place for everything.

If you are getting to know about what Post-Traumatic Stress implies, how varied it can be, and how it relates to what you have gone through, you might not decide to do one-on-one counseling right off the bat.

You would need to get a bit more familiar with your condition.

Getting to know the ins-and-outs of it from a healthy constructive perspective so you can do some foundation work on your own.

After years of suffering and countless therapists and medications I am truly relieved to come across Roland and his eBooks that gives me the explanations that have eluded me all of this time at 48. – Elizabeth, Canada

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The Trauma Essential Series

As a result, I composed These Trauma Essential eBook Series to help you with just that.

They are tailored to suit those suffering from trauma and are searching for its resolution, and for those who want to learn more about the mechanisms of trauma from a unique perspective.

Here is what they contain:

  • An Exploration of The Inherent Mechanisms of ANY Trauma:

Learning about the fight, flight, freeze and please responses, and what often makes recovery so hard.

  • How Childhood Trauma and Adversities are Related to Re-enactment and Adult Disease.

Looking at the different layers of trauma that contribute to its complexity and reenactment; and how anger, fear, and sadness are tied into that.

  • How to Make Sense of the Variety of Symptoms Accompanying Post-Trauma.

Getting to know the wide-spread implications of post-trauma on your physical and mental health.

  • And finally, ways to Heal Trauma and Dissociation from an Integrative Body-Mind Approach.

Finding out about the pervasiveness and different aspects of dissociation in trauma and what can be done about it as well as learning steps to regulate, contain and start processing emotional residue.

Roland Bal


My name is Roland Bal, and I am the founder of this website.

I use a cognitive and somatic (body) based integrative approach to treat Complex Trauma and PTSD effectively.

These eBooks are written in an easy to understand language and have proven to be an excellent resource for laymen and professionals alike.

They go deeply into the processes that present themselves when going through any trauma; be it incidental or cover a period.



The Way of Trauma

Insights into Post-Trauma Dynamics

This eBook will take you through various aspects of the impacts of trauma, how it is marginalized in our society and what it does to our nervous system and emotions.

It highlights and explains essential ingredients of why we fail to overcome trauma, the need for control, the rupture of boundaries and vulnerability, and how trauma restructures our identity.

Reading this book will help you gain insight and understanding of the intimate functioning of our mind, heart, and emotion while going through, or having gone through trauma.


These eBooks and blog articles have meant the world to me. They tied together symptoms and behaviors that years of psychoanalysis and self study have not done. Now I have an explanation and I can finally get a grip on the problem. – Barry, South Africa

These eBooks have been more helpful to me than the many counselors that I have tried throughout my life. Thank you so much for writing these and making them available to people like me. – Lisa, USA

I bought these books to help me understand more about the immense trauma my wife has been through as a child and as an adult. She absolutely loves these books – so they are helping her and that makes my heart glow its brightest. Thank you so much Roland! – Simon, UK

Lost in Labyrinth

Symptoms and Conditions of Trauma

Symptoms and Conditions as a result of Trauma or PTSD are varied and manifold.

In this eBook, we’ll lay them all out for you as well as going deeper into how trauma sets off and contributes to chronic pains, exhaustion, bi-polar, depression, and addiction.

If you have felt at a loss as to why you suffer specific symptoms and what the relationship is between what you experienced, your emotions and your nervous system responses, this eBook most certainly is going to give you more clarity and understanding.


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Healing Trauma and Dissociation

In this eBook – Awakening – Dissociation is explored in a non-conventional way based on real life client-therapist reflections.

Dissociation and disconnection are gone into from a physical, emotional and spiritual perspective and how these relate to different personality types.

The other parts that are covered here are ways in which trauma can be resolved. These cover topics and means of healing anxiety, fear, desire, overcoming, perspectives of time, resilience and ultimately growth.


I’m loving your e-books and meditations and they are very effective. I’ve never read and heard so much powerful insight packed in such few words on trauma healing. – Ashwin, India

Roland has helped me look at trauma issues from a very practical, simple, and most importantly, effective viewpoint. I’ve seen a lot of progress on my journey by understanding trauma binding factors, as he describes them. – Patrick, USA

All of these books were eye opening and brought me much comfort. I highly recommend any survivor from childhood trauma to read all of Roland’s work. – Violet, Australia

Past - Present - Future

Developmental Childhood Trauma

Most Complex Trauma and PTSD have their roots in disruptive childhood experiences and periods.

We will explore identity and patterning of our nervous system related to childhood trauma. Furthermore; re-enactment, developmental and attachment trauma, the habit of illness, suppressed anger as well as love, sex and vulnerability will be addressed.

This eBook will make you aware of the ramifications childhood trauma has in the long run and opens up a different perspective.


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Be Part of Transformation and Start Healing from Post-Traumatic Stress

Bonus: On top of the value of the four Trauma Essential eBooks I include the ‘Insights into the Complexity of Trauma – Questions and Answers’ eBook for you.

This eBook displays my unique and particular approach to trauma which is based on real-time concerns and questions, from people just like you, having written to me and been answered by me over recent years.

These eBooks are insightful and concise, and I am sure you will find them most valuable.

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  • Roland really gets to the heart of what it is like to live every day with C-PTSD . He writes with a unique insight and authenticity rarely found elsewhere. The underlying truth and message is despite any trauma that happened in your life, there is hope.–Niamh, Ireland

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