Trauma effects people from all walks of life, crossing boundaries of class, culture, and gender.
At this point in our world a grand healing is of the utmost importance.
The effects of trauma on the nervous system is beginning to be understood and spoken about within the mental health community. Brain research shows how the effects of trauma, creates a system of continual reenactment that perpetuates survival based fight flight or frozen experiences within the individual and throughout communities.
This leads to cycles of violence and disempowerment that is devastating for the individual as well as within a society.
Once integrated and processed, trauma within an individual can be released and the victim can be restored to a life of dignity and empowerment. By addressing the nervous system these effects are lasting and the healing realized. Stabilization is the first step toward recovery, once these basic needs such as food, shelter and water are met the traumatized person may begin to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. Symptoms such as intrusive thoughts, nightmares, inability to sleep or stay focused, startle response, rage, depression, anxiety and a lack of motivation plague the individual and begin to settle into the persons daily experience. It is our responsibility as agents of change to continue the conversation about trauma and to find ways to address PTSD on a mass level. Once restored, communities can begin to rebuild and create, through their own efforts, systems that empower societies that heal rather than exploit their members.