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  • How Trauma Impacts the Body

    Trauma can be stored in the body in a number of ways. Trauma is often described as a response to a distressing event that is overwhelming, and that can cause lasting emotional, psychological, and physical effects. When a person experiences trauma, it can affect their entire being, including their body, mind, and emotions.

    One way that trauma can be stored in the body is through the nervous system. When a person experiences a traumatic event, their body’s stress response is activated, releasing hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones can cause a person’s heart rate to increase, their muscles to tense up, and their breathing to become shallow. If this response becomes chronic, it can lead to physical symptoms such as headaches, muscle tension, and pain.

    Another way that trauma can be stored in the body is through the immune system. Trauma can affect the body’s ability to fight off illness, and can lead to chronic health conditions such as autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia.

    Trauma can also be stored in the body through the mind-body connection. Emotions and thoughts are closely linked, and traumatic events can lead to negative thoughts, beliefs, and emotions that can become trapped in the body. These trapped emotions can cause feelings of sadness, guilt, anger, and fear, as well as physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, tightness in the chest, and stomach upset.

    Additionally, unprocessed traumatic events can lead to specific patterns of behavior and coping mechanisms, often negative that can continue to cause trouble if not addressed.

    It’s important to understand that trauma is a complex issue that can manifest in different ways, and it’s not uncommon to experience physical symptoms alongside psychological and emotional symptoms. In order to heal, it’s necessary to address both the physical and psychological aspects of trauma, through therapies such as EMDR, CBT and Trauma-Focused Therapy.