Trauma is the result of any number of events, including a traumatic birth, an abusive childhood, severe neglect, sexual abuse or rape, being the victim of a crime, acts of war, and even the historical trauma of an oppressed population. It can come from being locked down, isolated at home, hidden behind masks, and inundated with non-stop talk of death and disease.
What we know is that trauma from any source, once it overwhelms the individual's resilience and coping strategies, impacts the brain of the survivor. Thanks to MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) we can actually see the changes that occur deep in the brain in the limbic system. This is the part of our brain that involves our instinct, our emotions and moods, motor skills and navigation, and how we learn and remember things. These changes help us to understand some of the symptoms of trauma. It also means that trauma can induce a physical brain injury.
The effects of trauma are as varied as the individuals that carry this trauma. Some of the more common experiences of traumatised people include:
If a woman has experienced a traumatic birth, she is much less likely to have another child, even if she wanted more children. If she does decide to have another child, she'll wait much longer than others.
A traumatic birth doesn’t necessarily mean the mother will develop PTSD or other health issues. In fact, most people that have a traumatic experience don’t develop PTSD or any brain injury. But for those that do, they are now dealing with the symptoms of trauma. The symptoms of trauma are:
The symptoms of trauma can last for months or years. People with PTSD can find that they heal over time even without therapy. In a few studies, it was found that almost half of individuals with PTSD could recover without therapy.
Most people with trauma find that there are certain triggers that make their symptoms worse. Triggers are anything that reminds the sufferer of the event. A trigger might be the smell of a hospital, a birth shown in a movie, feelings of helplessness, or even the baby’s birthday. Over time, most sufferers find ways to avoid and lessen the impact of various triggers.
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