Monday, August 6, 2012

Don't Get Hung Up On Trauma

Everyone seems to sometimes have tunnel vision when it comes to health.  It is like one little narrowly focused answer solves all the problems of the world.  Especially on trauma, people get so hung up on the word "trauma", that they can't allow themselves to even understand what constitutes trauma in the body.

The build up of daily stress can bring about the same effects that a traumatizing event would bring out in a person.  It does not always take some horrific act to mimic trauma.  Stress, which we as a society often fail to understand can be very little moments that build up day in and day out without any way to release them.

Before you think about stress as just going to a job and worrying about what you will do, or how you will pay bills or all the other things we consider as stress, open your awareness a little.  Stress comes in many ways and it connects in many ways.  For children, it is much different than adults.

I see people so concerned that conversion disorder is at the hands of some known trauma or not.  It is like this is the only thing that matters.  In other words, its like the person who fails to see the forest because of the one tree standing in front of them.

Forget these baseless opinions of what may or may not cause this and just understand that trauma is trauma.  It happens in many ways and it may not be in the shape or form that you consider it to be in. It is the build up of the stress that is most important as well as being able to release it from within the body.  If the individual is not able to do that, than you're just asking for a system collapse within the body.

Often we view things as events on a timeline, but we fail to see how they connect together. There are often times when one event has little to do with the next event or so it appears on the surface.  However, if you open up your awareness and look deeper towards the root of the issue, you will see the link in the chain of events.

We all somaticize which is in general terms what a conversion disorder is.  If you feel a tense muscle, a sore back, or some other physical ailment, often there is an emotional or psychological component that goes with this.  It generally is related or connected to events right before the physical sensations are felt.  If this is not released, it is stored in the body.  Over time, if it continues to build up, the body will either find a way to deal with it, discharge and release it, or it will make the body ill in some form or another.  Conversion disorder is when this is taken to the extreme.  Of course, it does depend upon the individual make up of the person and how their body reacts to stressors.

I'm not writing to antagonize anyone on this subject, but I get so frustrated when I see people so worried about conversion disorder and the presence or absence of trauma.  I've been through this myself and recovered, so I do know what I am talking about in this situation.  I've seen other people begin to heal and change the course of events from a conversion disorder, but again, each one had to go in and release whatever resided in the body, so they could find peace of mind.

Don't close your eyes to that which may seem awkward or difficult to accept.  For when we focus on one aspect, we lose site of the bigger picture.  Conversion disorder has to be healed from the inside out, connecting the mind and body interface as one.  Without this part, one is only treating the condition with band-aids.  Please, I beg you - open your awareness and consciousness.  If you do, you will find much healing for your life or those affected by trauma, conversion disorder and pain.

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