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Trauma Recovery

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.

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nilima's picture

thank u

Dear Rachel,

Thank you for posting such an informative journal. I would love to read more on the same.

thank you really!

nilima's picture

thank u

Dear Rachel,

Thank you for posting such an informative journal. I would love to read more on the same.

thank you really!

olutosin's picture

heipful

Oh thanks so much I believe that this post is quite helpful to lots oh us here thanks so much though it is short butd straight to the point

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

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Rachel Erwin's picture

Hi, I will try and write

Hi,
I will try and write more. I would love to continue this conversation and bring awareness to things we all are seeing in people and practical ways to help.
Thank you for your response.
Rachel

Rachel Erwin MFT
The SAGE Project
San Francisco
USA

jadefrank's picture

PTSD

Dear Rachel,

Treatment of PTSD is such an urgent issue and one that is often overlooked. While physical trauma is easy to detect, emotional trauma is less obvious, and more often more harmful for both the individual and those around them.

To end the cycles of violence, we must heal victims of violence. I would love to hear more about your work with victims of human trafficking and the SAGE project. As well as your advice for communities dealing with violence, and how to incorporate trauma recovery in conflict resolution practices.

I sense that we have so much to learn from you!

In friendship,
Jade

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