The effects of trauma can result from “ordinary” events, such as injuries, car accidents, divorce, job loss, grief, perinatal, postnatal, post-partum, surgery and medical procedures.
It can also result from extraordinary events, such as violence, addictions and PTSD as well as physical, emotional, sexual abuse, childhood or developmental adversity.
Sometimes, our bodies are able to “process” this trauma and let it go. In other cases, we get stuck in the body’s fight, flight or freeze responses.
You’ve probably heard of the “fight, flight or freeze” response. It’s the body’s natural way of responding to actual or perceived threats.
These responses are necessary and useful when the response is real and short lived. But they become problematic when we get stuck in these states or when they occur with no apparent stimuli.