The world is more complex than it has ever been. Our connectedness, via social media especially, seems to be the cause of our having less and less time to process our experiences. We go to work and are expected to do more for less money, the hours we spend at our jobs are longer than they have been since the early twentieth century, and if we’re lucky we get an hour or two to relax before getting some sleep and doing it all over again the next day.
When that is the nature of our day-to-day lives, achieving balance is difficult enough. When we’re expected to perform in our jobs, and in other aspects of our lives, with unresolved trauma, the build-up of pressure and anxiety can become overwhelming. Arguably the most insidious aspect of this process is that can occur so gradually that we don’t notice that it’s even happening. We experience a trauma and what tends to kick in is our response to crisis—when our dinner catches fire on the stove, we don’t put it out after dusting the coffee table and vacuuming the carpet. We address the immediacy of the problem at hand.
Understanding the Real Issues
Once the presenting problem has been stabilized, we tend to feel grateful that we’re still alive and perhaps convince ourselves that because it could have been so much worse, we can simply put the trauma in the past. But our minds occasionally work independently of the best available evidence. On one level, we convince ourselves that all is well. But on another level, a less conscious level, the trauma we’ve experienced tells us otherwise. This cognitive dissonance can cause real problems. We may doubt that we have a right to feel the anxiety, stress, depression, or other emotional or psychological responses that follow our traumatic experience. What follows the experience can be Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Many may believe that PTSD is experienced only by soldiers who have been in combat, but it actually affects a wide array of people for a wide array of reasons. PTSD can result from childhood experiences that evade our memory of the experience or it can be the result of the more familiar and stereotypic traumas—car accidents, divorce, sexual assault, psychological abuse, etc.—that we experience.
Looking Ahead: Put Your PTSD In Your Past
The bottom line is that PTSD is real and needs to be addressed. For people who have learned to live with the realities of PTSD but know they deserve resolution, seeking therapeutic assistance can be the key to unlocking their happiness potential. Laurie Grengs has the experience to help people who have experienced trauma, which has morphed into PTSD. She is here to help and can be reached at 1-(877) 572-2326.