Updated: 5 days ago
Psychiatrists mostly reserve the term PTSD for life or death experiences. This ignores the hundreds of other incidents in our life that alter (for the worse) the way someone experiences life.
Every person deals with the trauma differently. A person may not even bat an eyelid at an event, whereas another may change his whole life course due to the same event.
The severe cases of PTSD that we often hear about are e.g from war, trauma/accident, abuse, kidnapping etc.
But there are even more cases of unrecognised trauma. e.g parents' bitter divorce could make a child avoid marriage as an adult. Turbulence on an airplane could lead a person never want to fly again. Other triggers may include getting fired from a job, breaking up with girlfriend/boyfriend, or a moment in life when you feel like you have failed at something. Then there are day to day emotional wounds that add up e.g. insecurities, trust issues, fears, guilt, shame.
There are no limitations to what can be perceived as traumatic. If an event is traumatic, the chances are that it will, at some level, change the way you respond to similar events in the future. The more similar events you stack up, the quicker and "automatic" your responses become. For example, the source of a current argument with your spouse could be from hundreds of unpleasant situations/hurt that you experienced related to your boss, ex-partner, girlfriend/boyfriend in the past - the types of hurt that you may forget consciously but is still present subconsciously. This may have shaped your viewpoint or fine tuned your 'reflex' responses.
There is an epidemic of this hidden traumatic stress disorder. We evaluate life from the perspective of past wounds - we literally are the walking wounded.
As a culture, we have history of burying emotions with alcohol, drugs, food and even adrenaline-fueled activities. But there is a way out.
You are not beholden to the unpleasant parts of your personal history.
You are not destined to relive the same patterns of trauma over and over again.
The mishaps and chronic stresses do not have to define you.
There's a way forward.
With the right nutritional, emotional and soul-healing support, you can reclaim your vitality and go back to fully living your life.