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Welcome to 3-2-1 Tuesdays Trauma and Recover with Better Wellness Naturally

Updated: Feb 9

Thank you for joining us for 3-2-1 Tuesdays! Quick bits of therapeutic info and learning, ideas, concepts, and quotes twice a month on Tuesdays.

3: Keys 2: Concepts 1: Quick Article

Is Trauma Recovery Possible..?

Can trauma really change a person that much? Yes, it can. Can we mitigate or work around those changes and heal ourselves or help others heal? Yes, we can.

Today's Keys: Three key ways that trauma can change a person.

1. Changes in Behavior: Trauma can cause changes in a person's behavior, such as becoming withdrawn, agitated, irritable, or easily panicked. The individual may display a lack of trust in others, have difficulty with emotional regulation, and may turn to self-destructive behaviors such as substance abuse. 2. Negative Self-Perception: Trauma can lead to a negative self-perception, including self-blame, guilt, shame, and low self-esteem. The individual may also experience feelings of helplessness and loss of control that affect their confidence and ability to make decisions. 3. Physical Symptoms: Trauma can trigger physical symptoms such as headaches, chronic pain, and illnesses. The person may also experience cognitive problems such as memory loss, difficulty concentrating, and confusion. Additionally, a trauma survivor may struggle with sleep difficulties, nightmares, and flashbacks that can further exacerbate their psychological and emotional distress.

A Couple of Concepts:

*Neural plasticity is the ability of the brain to change and adapt based on experiences and learning. This means that it is possible to reshape the brain and overcome detrimental habits. (More on neural plasticity next week.) *What are your SWOTs? SWOT stands for "Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats" analysis. It is a framework used to assess the current state of a business or organization--or a person!--to identify potential areas for growth and improvement.

What Is Conversion Disorder?

Conversion disorder, also known as functional neurological symptom disorder or psychogenic disorder, is a condition in which a person experiences physical symptoms that cannot be explained by any underlying medical condition. These symptoms may include paralysis, blindness, seizures, and difficulty speaking or swallowing--or even completing routine tasks. Like ADHD, this is sometimes also an umbrella diagnosis. According to a study published in the journal NeuroImage Clinical, conversion disorder is thought to be caused by a breakdown in the communication between different parts of the brain. The researchers found that in patients with conversion disorder, there was reduced connectivity between the amygdala (a part of the brain involved in emotion) and the prefrontal cortex (a part of the brain involved in decision-making and self-control). Another study published in the journal Psychiatric Clinics of North America suggests that trauma may play a role in the development of conversion disorder. The researchers suggest that individuals who have experienced traumatic events may be more likely to develop conversion disorder as a way of coping with overwhelming emotions. A third study published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research found that individuals with conversion disorder had higher levels of anxiety compared to healthy controls. The researchers suggest that this anxiety may contribute to the development of physical symptoms. (Stayed tuned…we’ll discuss trauma recovery and how therapy helps heal conversion disorder and why medication may not be the answer.)

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