A: Most people associate trauma with events like war, violence, extremes of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, crippling accidents, or natural disasters. And those are surely traumatic. Many "ordinary" events can also be traumatic. Some categories of trauma might include (this is by no means an exhaustive list):
Medical hospitalizations, burns, surgeries
Accidents, falls, head injuries
Suffocation, drowning, strangulation
Attacks such as rape, war, mugging, stabbing, gunshot wound, animal attacks
Horror such as seeing an accident, watching someone else being abused, killing or hurting someone
Neglect, abandonment, loss, generational trauma, and ongoing abuse
Q: What symptoms appear after trauma?
A: The type of symptoms that occur after a traumatic experience can include:
Disassociation or denial
Easily and frequently stressed out
Dizziness or vertigo
Abrupt mood swings
Sensitivity to light or sound
Nightmares or night terrors
Bladder Interstitial Cystitis
Self regulation problems
Feeling disconnected to life
If you experience any of these symptoms, even years after a traumatic event, do connect with Fr. Greg or by the Somatic Experiencing® Professional who can help you on your journey.
Q: What does healing feel like?
A: Common benefits of resolving trauma through Somatic Experiencing can be:
Reduction/alleviation of chronic pain and tension
Becoming more present and engaged in life
Increased resiliency to future stressors
Restored sense of optimism and hope
Developed sense of clarity and purpose
Increased ability to focus and concentrate
Greater sense of peace, ease, and calm
Q: Are there other resources that I should explore?