Our brain uses information connected to traumatic experience differently than information learned in any other situation? In new or uncertain situations, the information learned when a trauma occurred is often the filter through which new experiences are defined. A trauma filter.
Our brain relies on past experiences to make executive decisions in your current life. Traumatic experiences may, unknowingly, be guiding the decisions our clients make every day.
Fear Reprocessing and Cognitive Reframing Techniques (F.R.C.R.T.) not only heal the wounds of trauma, they also provide a proactive mechanism for resiliency development and resource enhancement. Many of our clients come to us seeking help following a traumatic incident. As defined by the National Institute of Mental Health:
"PTSD develops after a terrifying ordeal that involved physical harm or the threat of physical harm. The person who develops PTSD may have been the one who was harmed, the harm may have happened to a loved one, or the person may have witnessed a harmful event that happened to loved ones or strangers."
The effects of a traumatic experience can still haunt a person thirty, forty, even fifty years after the event occurred. While the experience may have passed long ago it may feel as though it happened just yesterday and still carry the same emotional power and physical reaction.
Just as physical wounds heal so too does the brain. With proper treatment and support the brain, mind, and life will recover from the traumatic experiences of the past and be empowered to Live Excellence.
Note that this definition includes a single ordeal. PTSD is frequently tied to large traumatic life experiences such as wars, kidnapping, mugging, car accidents, physical assault, plane crashes, train wrecks, bombings, or natural disasters such as tornadoes, floods, and hurricanes. What we also know is that trauma comes in all shapes and sizes. For example, the following situations are all capable of leading to the development of the debilitating symptoms of trauma:
Absent caretakers who neglect their child
Ongoing bullying and/or teasing by classmates, peers, siblings, or family members
Living in a violent or unsafe neighborhood. Similarly, attending a violent and/or unsafe school
Emotionally and/or psychologically abusive relationships
Having a chronically ill loved one and the ongoing fear of losing that important person
and many, many, many more.
The effects of living with the impact of having experienced trauma are profuse. Untreated, these symptoms can seep into every area of an individual's life leading to disruptions in personal relationships, emotional outbursts (anger, uncontrollable crying, etc.), a sense of being out of control, feelings of constant and irrational fear (anxiety, panic attacks, hyper vigilance), sleep disruption (nightmares, insomnia, etc.), and so much more. Until recently, the scientific community did not fully understand the impact on the brain when someone had experienced exposure to chronic stress, fear, abuse, or other threats to their security. Today we not only understand it but, we also have the tools to effectively heal the brain from the agony of Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, chronic depression, anxiety, and other stress-related disorders.
Contact Viva Excellence today to learn more about training in F.R.C.R.T.
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