We at Heaven on Earth Angel Therapies recently experienced a synchronistic introduction to a disorder which has come to the forefront of consciousness in the last few years. This disorder, know as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is typically caused by war, where physical death or witnessing another person’s death or injury is a common occurrence. However, upon further research, we have discovered other causes of PTSD. This leads us to postulate that PTSD could be epidemic in our world today.
The main underlying pathologies in PTSD, are related to terror felt in regards to death or dying as well as terror relating to safety and survival. This terror relates to a thought, which is accompanied by a feeling, that one will surely not survive. The terror is usually out of proportion to the threat at hand, since the feelings were first created by a childhood trauma at a vulnerable time when we relied on others for our safety. The resulting feeling is correlated to sensing a threat which creates intense terror about not surviving physically in what may be perceived as a cold, dangerous and scary world. This terror, as described, general begins in early childhood and then is layered upon by each and every trauma, perceived or real, which multiplies upon the core trauma.
Below are listed some commonly occurring experiences which are known to cause PTSD.
First listing is a trauma caused by a sudden separation from a significant other thru death, divorce, adoption, abandonment, emotional unavailability etc. This trauma is much more devastating to the psyche the younger a person is when the trauma occurs. Specifically, most devastating may be trauma’s experienced while in utero. Also, keep in mind that many trauma’s may happen over time, adding to the layers of the onion. These trauma’s are recreations of the original trauma with the purpose of creating an opportunity for resolution.
Let us say for example a child lost a parent through death or divorce at age 6. At the time the child’s emotional system was not able to handle this degree of stress, so they disassociated from the trauma and stored it in their cellular memory. Later on, as an adult, this person loses a spouse unexpectedly through an unwanted or unexpected divorce. This is a recreation of the original trauma and gives him the opportunity to resolve the stuffed emotional trauma from childhood. Unfortunately, he may not even be aware of what has been stored and what is creating these experiences of loss and abandonment. This leaves a person feeling like a victim with an outlook of hopelessness.
In the same vein as number one, a child can develop PTSD from being abused physically, emotionally, or sexually by a parent or trusted caregiver. This trauma, as above, is usually disassociated from as it is to stressful for a youngsters emotional system to handle. This is later recreated through abuse by a boss, a friend or a spouse again given her an opportunity to resolve. She can be left feeling unworthy, ashamed, victimized or like she has done something bad or wrong. We must, however, unveil all the skeletons in our closets to actually benefit from these reoccurring opportunities to clear our cellular memory from trauma’s. In other words, we need to be able to become very honest with ourselves.
The last cause we are going to discuss in this article, is quietly overlooked, which is PTSD can be inherited. A mother who has PTSD from either childhood abuse or childhood trauma, whom has never been treated or cured, can pass the disorder unto her child through the over reaction of the adrenal glands called fright or flight. This stress mechanism, which is a normal reaction to stress in a healthy person, is constantly running in a PTSD affected person. These hormonal over reactions, as well as the stored cellular memory of the unresolved trauma, may be physically passed unto the unborn child,
Over reaction to terror about survival, no matter it’s cause, results in over stimulation of the adrenal glands, as well as over stimulation of the amygdala, the small almond-shaped area of the brain conditioned to react to danger. This terror or feeling of deep seated fear about survival causes feelings of low self-esteem, fear, rage, panic, anxiety, and an exaggerated stress response. These emotions, caused by the real or perceived threat of survival, are most often taken out on the ones who love us the most. Fear of losing our basic survival structure, especially when the initial threat happens at a young age, causes these shame, fear, stress, and panic feelings which control our quality of life. Thoughts about a significant other abandoning you, whether physically or emotionally can result in the feeling that you surely will not survive. This overreaction carries on into adulthood and causes the exaggerated responses to stress stimuli.
This is a three part- series watch in the coming weeks for PTSD symptoms, cures and personal stories.