FAQ’s About Trauma

Can trauma be stored in the body?
Research is now showing that the body holds on to memory from negative events causing the nervous system to go into hyperarousal. This can lead to challenges down the road emotionally and physically. You can get stuck in a fight, flight, or freeze responses—even when it’s in the past, and you are not consciously thinking about the traumatic event. This article is one that explains much of the effect of trauma: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/can-trauma-be-stored-in-body

How long should I wait after a difficult event to get help?
I recommend the sooner the better to reach out for help. Sometimes you may be in a state of shock so it’s not the highest priority to rush to a therapist; however, some feel that the longer you hold onto trauma or PTSD it’s been neatly tucked away so it’s harder to release. Many times, the body will start giving you signals such as bad dreams, physical symptoms, low self-esteem or anxiety that something is trying to emerge. Don’t discount those symptoms away, telling yourself they are just physical because the doctor gave you some diagnosis.

How do I know if I am a good candidate for therapy?
If you have experienced a recent event that presents enough negative symptoms, you may have a readiness to receive healing. If you are looking for a quick fix and don’t understand the process, it may take some time as you move through layers. Without this readiness, it might not be the best timing for seeking help.

What is the difference between PTSD and Complex Trauma?
PTSD usually occurs when someone experienced trauma as a one-time severely traumatic event. If the event is repeated and ongoing, it may be considered complex trauma as the victim is in captivity and feels there is no way of escape. This kind of trauma has an effect on the brain and the survivor at a core level and how the person perceives the world, others, and themselves.

PTSD can display the following symptoms: agitation, social isolation, self-destructive behavior, nightmares, mistrust, severe anxiety.