Trauma

Sexual Assault, Rape, PTSD, Trauma Survivors

PTSD

Childhood trauma reaches into adulthood

Sexual Assault, Rape, PTSD, Trauma Survivors

 

 

 

PTSD treatment for rapid stabilization
The sting of PTSD can be relieved with EMDR
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing

Bi-lateral stimuli simulates REM sleep Rapid Eye Movement
Healing Sexual Assault, Rape, PTSD, Trauma Survivors

EMDR and DBT therapies give rapid stabilization for reoccurring PTSD flashbacks. A sexual assault survivor reported things were looking up until she ran across her assailants Facebook page.  She blocked him, but it brought her mood down so much. Mentally she felt a return to the old fear.

 Prayer is an excellent place to start. No human power may calm you, so turn to a solution that lies beyond the physical.  Do what needs to be done to remove the trigger. (Blocking him on Facebook is for the best, no need to be upset by seeing the name or pictures that make us relive difficult events.)

One does not block the feelings.
Realize the long-reaching effects, honor the process your body and mind is going through an effort to recover.
The dwelling will make things worse, but denial of the trauma doesn’t make it go away.

One small step at a time and something for self-care. Gentle hugs.

After you take a little time with your feelings, rest, then plan a self-care ritual.

EMDR helped me very quickly. I understand how seeing a Facebook page could be a trigger. My photos are set up as a rotating screen saver on my computer.  In the mix of many pictures, I saw flowers that were in my attackers garden.  I saw the pictures a couple of times while I was in treatment awaiting my EMDR sessions. When these pics came up, I was right back in it.
The attacker had threatened to kill his family and me with a sword.Blood was everywhere at this scene. These lovely flowers on a beautiful California day gave me instant visions of blood and fear for my life and limb. In this situation, it was also necessary for me to attempt to keep two young teen girls safe.
All of this increased the stress. The boil of emotions returned to me.Remembering this day I knew I could not go on being trigger by such extream flashbacks.EMDR sessions seemed to remove the urgency of the situation from my crisp memories. I don’t even know if I still have those pictures. If I do they are just flowers, not blood.

Loriann Witte I was doing an intervention at a man’s house and he flipped out. Punched his fist through a window, his was blood everywhere, then in a maddened rage, he said he’d kill us with and began tearing up the house looking for his swords.
His little girls to me and their mother that they had hidden the swords before the intervention. They had feared he would become homicidal and go into an attack mode.
The girls expressed mounting terror that their Dad would be so angry because they had moved the swords.

Me, his wife, x wife, and his two teenage daughters had to run down the street and hide in a distant neighbor’s bushes. We call 911, the police came, took him to the ER for his wounds, and he was back home within 2 hours. We were informed of his release while our group was hiding at the police station.
Childhood sexual abuse is a significant contributor to obesity and anorexia.
Disease states tend to show up even a half-century later.
Suppressed immune systems, shortened lifespan ( by as much as 20 years), suicidal tendencies, IV drug abuse, and alcoholism, are some of the symptoms that can express.
Complex trauma is often a repeated injury that takes place over the years perpetrated by someone who is supposed to be a caregiver.  It can be physical abuse, sexual abuse, mental abuse, or neglect.
Some children get marinated in trauma living in nearly constant distress. Having one or both parent involved with intoxication issues, marital or family fighting, financial insecurity talk in the home creates exaggerated fear in children.
Complex trauma is betrayal at its core.
A deep and abiding sense of shame.
Children think they are the center of the universe, so when something wrong is going on around, they see themselves as evil.
The sense of self is disordered. PTSD has many subsets such as major depression, poor impulse management, low self-esteem, eating disorders, and chemical dependency.
Disassociation is a way of escaping as a child. A 5-year-old child can’t efficiently run away so they may visualize themselves hiding outside in the back of the dog house. When threats come into their lives as an adult, they mentally check out, becoming unavailable and unable to take care of themselves.
The mind twist and becomes full of lies.
Children of trauma often go on to experience rape or physical assault as an adult.
Victims are often revictimized.
Growing up witnessing addiction and dangerous relationships do not allow a person to learn how to be different from these painful examples, they learn the behaviors are the norm, thereby mimicked.
EMDR and DBT
Reversal of trauma is needed to heal.
Seek therapy, so you can bring it to light and talk about what has happened and how it makes you feel.

Grieve the sadness. Pushing it down and acting like it didn’t happen just lets the feeling grow and fester.Connection with like-minded individuals and a trained counselor is a release and the beginning of finding the pathway out of the recurring pain.

To live in the truth of the event being evil.
Honor the long reaching effect of being offended.
What happened to me was wrong.
I am worthy of respect and protection.

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