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How do I know if I have been traumatized ?

About 70 % of U.S. adults have experienced a severe traumatic event at least once in their life and one out of five go on to develop symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

When should I seek professional help?

Many people are able to cope effectively with the emotional and physical demands brought about by being traumatized by using their own support systems. It is not unusual, however, to find that serious problems persist and continue to interfere with daily living. For example, some may feel overwhelming nervousness or lingering sadness that adversely affects job performance and interpersonal relationships. Individuals with prolonged reactions that disrupt their daily functioning should consult with a trained and experienced mental health professional. - American Psychological Association, 2008

If you have gone through a traumatic experience you may be dealing with painful emotions, frightening memories, or a sense of constant danger. You may feel numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people. -, 2008

What is Clinical Brainspotting?

Brainspotting also can be effectively utilized to clear trauma held in the body. Brainspotting is useful at accessing and creating internal resource states that allow for pendulation between these positive resource and trauma states to enable processing and desensitization of intensely traumatic and emotionally charged issues and symptoms.

Any life event which causes significant physical and/or emotional injury and distress, in which the person powerfully experiences being overwhelmed, helpless, or trapped, can become a traumatic experience.

In most cases, the traumatized individual does not usually have the opportunity or the support to adequately process and integrate these traumatic life events. The traumatic experience then becomes a part of that individual’s trauma reservoir. 75% of requests for medical care are linked to the actions or consequences of this accumulation of stress and/or trauma upon the systems of the human body. - David Grand, Ph.D., Brainspotting Treatment Manual, 2009

Common signs and symptoms of traumatic stress:

  • Fatigue
  • Being easily startled
  • Headaches
  • Sweating
  • Gastro-intestinal problems
  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Guilt
  • Anxiety
  • Reduced awareness
  • Feeling like you are numb or not part of the world
  • Helplessness
  • Hopelessness
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