12. UNRESOLVED TRAUMA, AND PTSD
Trauma happens suddenly. Its life-altering effects are instant, dramatic and often scarring. Whether it is a death through an accident, a violent act or an act of nature, its scars can affect you a life-time if you allow them to. Memories of it will be permanent. Their affect on you will be a choice you make!
Everyone deals with trauma in their own way. It is healthy to discuss what you experienced with people you trust, to relive the experiences with someone you feel supported and validated by. You can find further freedom from your experiences by joining a support group or talking to a professional counsellor, who possesses the knowledge and training to support you. Receiving empathy, and caring validation is crucial for your healing.
If your way to deal with trauma is that of avoiding thinking, talking or dealing with it, you are more likely to develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD. Trauma happens to us all at some point in our lives. Dealing with it in a healthy manner produces inner growth, wisdom and healing within.
The Christian Post listed 8 biblical steps to recover from PTSD
Acknowledge the reality of your trauma search for someone to trust, talk about it, grieve for it and allow your feelings to manifest, Psalm 62:8 “Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.”
Recognize the source of your trauma realize and search for wisdom for the source of the accident while avoiding generalized fear (i.e., fear of all cars after being part of an accident). Ecc 7:12 “For wisdom is a defense as money is a defense, but the excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it.”
Seek counselling for severe symptoms, Pro 22:3 “a prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished.”
Realize present situations can trigger buried memories and more emotional pain. Be pre-planned and wisdom-filled with triggers. Job 36:15 “He delivers the poor in their affliction, and opens their ears in oppression.
Commit to journaling as you travel on your road to recovery. Processing the trauma in writing enables more release and decreased reactions to manifest within you. Isaiah 30:8 “Now go, write it before them on a tablet, and note it on a scroll, that it may be for a time to come, forever and ever”
Examine self-injurious thinking or behavioral patterns. Negative thought will produce negative behavior. Isaiah 53:6 “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”
Investigate emotional and psychological walls you have erected and self-protective tools you have employed. Invite friends and family to help you with this self-reflection. Heb 4:13 “and there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
Find freedom from the bondage of past pain and begin anew. Please express your gratitude! John 8:32 “and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”
(www.christianpost.com/news/8-biblical-steps-to-recover-from-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-127729 , The Christian Post, October 9, 2014)
These are very simplified steps to healing from trauma. If you have become aware that you have been affected by trauma in your past, please contact me for an initial complimentary discussion.