Why don't Your Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms Stop?
It is not easy to make sense of your Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms and what keeps them in place. However it is so vital in your recovery process to be able to make sense of, and give meaning to what you are experiencing.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and its effects are bounded by the story of what has happened to us; core emotions of fear, anger or sadness and a loss of control, a feeling of overwhelming helplessness.
The Steps of Dissociation causing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms
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To put it in simply: Each trauma, be it developmental or incidental, will have at its core, a sense of overpowering helplessness. The impact of that will breach the boundaries and sense of self. Relating to the overwhelming helplessness, there will be a core emotion depending on the kind of trauma being confronted:
- If you have been attacked, had an accident or surgical operation, the core emotion that you relate to will most likely be fear.
- When you lose someone very close to you, the emotional response will be sadness.
- In terms of developmental issues, abuse and/or neglect, there is likely to be a sense of anger at the core.
When we are overwhelmed by emotion, it either turns in on itself or spills outwards.
The way Forward in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Recovery
Emotion that turns inwards is always coupled with shame, guilt or self-reproach and related to the story of what has happened. Emotion that flows outwards is always coupled with blame and the story of what took place. It is these coupled elements that keep trauma going, and which confuses emotion and the sense of helplessness, into making the vicious cycle of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms continue circling like a revolving door.
It is important to comprehend how this mechanism works before asking what can be done about it. That observation itself starts preparing the ground to uncouple the separate elements, step by step, and Resolving your Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms.