Trauma

60-75 percent of the people in U.S. experience trauma in their lifetime. 20 percent of such people experience PTSD, the different symptoms around trauma.

Trauma includes emotional, physical or sexual abuse, it could be from an accident, illness, or surgery, a natural disaster, loss of a loved one, or ending a relationship. Whatever the source of trauma, it leaves its imprint on the brain. 

Trauma occurs when the nervous system is overwhelmed and the coping strategies don't work. If the trauma is not processed, the unprocessed fear gets locked in the body resulting in anxiety, depression and dissociation. It brings intrusive thoughts that torment and causes sleeplessness. Communication between the frontal cortex and the limbic system breaks and the body and mind goes on full alert thinking one is in constant danger. 

“In the broken places the light shines through.” - Leonard Cohen

  It is Not your fault 

 Know that you are Not alone 

"The (mis)perception of mindfulness as a ‘simple technique’ belies the complexity and skill needed to deliver a mindfulness training that has real therapeutic and transformative power."

- Tamara A. Russell and Gerson Siegmund

Mindfulness in the mental health setting https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5353507/

“When the resistance is gone, the demons are gone.” 

- Pema Chödrön

How Mindfulness Helps:

  • Mindfulness-based approaches target several core features of PTSD
  • The loving-kindness meditation helps the users to intentionally develop kindness and compassion towards themselves and others
  • Mindfulness promotes acceptance and awareness, thereby reducing the core symptoms and preventing the onset of PTSD
  • Brings focused, non-judgmental awareness to the experience

  • Regular practice builds more connections between the areas of the brain, slows down reactivity and increases the sense of the body as a whole. This leads to greater emotional regulation and tolerance   (Siegel, 2007)

 

Process involves learning to:

  • Recognize and understand the suffering

  • Gently bring in a sense of safety and compassion

  • Practice grounding techniques

  • Recognize the tolerance zone and the distress zone with a kind presence

  • Practice R.A.I.N. (Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture) to bring mindfulness and compassion to difficult emotions

  • Live with a fearless heart

"The longest journey begins with a single step." - Patanjali

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Source: Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience - Mindfulness-based treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder: a review of the treatment literature and neurobiological evidence - Jenna E. Boyd, MSc, Ruth A. Lanius, MD, PhD, and Margaret C. McKinnon, PhD, CPsych https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5747539/
Tara Brach Ph.D Clinical Psychology, https://www.tarabrach.com/healing-trauma-transcription/
* Mindfulness for PTSD is a tool in healing that must be carefully employed. It works in conjunction with therapy but does not replace therapy

 

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