“Trauma is perhaps the most avoided, ignored, belittled, denied, misunderstood, and untreated cause of human suffering…” Peter Levine
What we know about trauma:
• Trauma responses are actually a ‘survival mode’ that we enter when we perceive our lives are being threatened.
• We can become stuck in survival mode if we become overwhelmed by threat and are unable to be successful in defending ourselves
• Trauma responses are designed to be short-termed solutions to a threat. However, if left untreated for a time these responses become the symptoms of trauma.
• Trauma responses (symptoms) invade every part of our lives
• Trauma is a basic rupture—loss of connection—to ourselves, our families, and the world.
• Trauma responses develop gradually; we adjust gradually to these changes. Some may not notice these changes in ourselves.
“Contrary to the view of psychiatric medicine – that trauma is basically untreatable and only marginally controllable by drugs, – when treated thoroughly healing can lead not only to symptom reduction, but long-term transformation.”
* Levine, Peter. 1997. Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, pp. 147-149.