Recent advances in imaging
technology have allowed researchers to unravel the
brain and bodily functions
that "misfire" or break down during overwhelming episodes.
van der Kolk is a Dutch psychiatrist known for his research on posttraumatic
He explains that during trauma, the
speech center shuts down, as does the medial prefrontal cortex, the part of the
brain responsible for experiencing
He describes the "speechless terror" of trauma as
the experience of being at a "loss for words", a common
occurrence when brain pathways of
remembering are hindered during
periods of threat or
"When people relive their traumatic
experiences," he says, "the frontal lobes become impaired and, as result,
they have trouble
thinking and speaking.
They are no longer capable of communicating
to either themselves or to others precisely what's going on."
This study provides preliminary
epidemiological evidence that cannabis use may contribute to reducing the
association between post-traumatic stress disorder and severe depressive and
A necessary and crucial step in healing is to
allow traumatized people to talk
about their trauma.
In human culture expression of trauma in
informal settings, such as women gathered around the stream to wash clothes or
men working together to build a structure for the newlyweds, has always been
the release mechanism.
Allowing people to talk about what has befallen
them allows them to connect with their emotion and process the
American culture now falls afoul of this ancient human tradition
by telling the victims of trauma that they just need to 'man
"Focusing on children who are not abuse victims let us consider
an ordinary childhood event that developed into trauma, rather than just fright
Take a few moments to view things through the eyes of five-year
old Dylan, who gets off the school bus at the wrong stop.
Dylan started kindergarten on Tuesday.
Today is Wednesday.
He is riding the school bus home for the second time in his life.
He feels a little intimidated by the big ten-year-old sitting beside
him, he misses his mother, and he is not at all sure that he knows how to be a
school bus rider.
Nearly everything during the past day and a half has
been new, and Dylan is worn out, and eager to get back to the homey sofa in the
den, and his Quack Pack videos.
His mother promised that she would be
waiting for him at the bus stop, just like yesterday. He looks expectantly out
the window as the bus travels by places that look dimly familiar.
the bus finally stops, bunches of loud, laughing, pushing children migrate
hastily toward the door.
The children disembark in an impenetrable
tangle of thrashing heads and arms, Dylan among them,
confused but earnestly
striving to be a good bus rider.
There are some adults by the side of
They greet the children, and in a matter of seconds, the bus
has departed, and everyone has moved away from the bus stop.
mother is not there.
And as people walk out of sight, chattering and
swinging each other's hands, no one notices that one five-year-old boy has been
left standing alone.
The boy does not even think about calling after
He is too stunned, and besides, he does not know them.
He stands right there, for a long time, hoping that his mother will
He looks like a tiny statue at the edge of the road, until a
monstrous truck, air horn blaring, zooms by just a few feet in front of him,
causing him to lurch sideways into some trees.
He looks around at the
wooded area, and decides he had better hide there until his mother comes.
Dylan sits down under an elm, where he is concealed from the road by a
He puts his legs out in front of him, and leans back
against the tree.
His new backpack, which he still has on, cushions him
He stares straight ahead, and begins to tap his new sneakers
He is scared, but he knows his mother will come soon.
He sits that way for about half an hour, the length of one Quack Pack
video, and then he thinks the unthinkable: maybe she is not coming.
soon as this thought occurs to him, he feels clammy all over; his stomach feels
shaky, and he begins to cry.
Soon, the tears have turned to desperate
He cries convulsively for several minutes, until he is gasping
Then, he gets an idea.
He inhales as deeply as he
can, stands up, and walks cautiously back to the roadside, where he looks
He calls out, "Mommy!" and then, more emphatically,
Dylan is about ¾ of a mile from his home, in a nice,
safe suburban neighborhood.
As long as he stays out of the road, which
he knows to do, he is in no physical danger.
Serene middleclass houses
sit at the ends of the driveways that join the street on both sides.
Really, all that Dylan has to do is go up one of the driveways and
knock on a door, which in all likelihood will be answered by a sympathetic
adult who will quickly contact his mother.
But five-year-old Dylan does
not know this.
In his so far brief time on earth, he has never knocked
on a strange door.
He has never even gone all alone to someone else's
And in his current panicked state, he does not even put it
together that the silent houses contain people at all.
The houses are
only another aspect of the impersonal and frightening world all around him.
After shouting "Mommy" a few more times, he gives up and returns to his
tree behind the embankment.
His pants are damp in back, from the ground
he sits on.
He feels cold in
the warm September
afternoon, and he shivers.
He whispers "Mommy" once, and a few more
tears leak onto his cheeks.
But then he is quiet.
He sits quite
still under the tree, as the enormity of his situation engulfs him.
Dylan is lost.
mother is gone.
He will never get to talk to her again.
never going home.
In this way, he remains for about another
He begins to feel that
the world is very far
away, and he is just a teeny speck floating somewhere in a fuzzy gray
wonders, in a detached sort of way, whether he is going to die now.
Finally, he does not feel anything, not even cold and shivery.
Still wearing his backpack, he curls up in a fetal position on the
ground, and, in his mind, completely disappears from himself and his
Another hour passes.
Dylan is brought back to
himself when his mother dives to her knees by the tree, and grabs him up in her
Some other grown-ups are there, also.
Dylan says, "Mommy?"
His mother is sobbing and jubilant at the same
She does not notice that Dylan is neither.
Dylan, and his mother home.
They sit in the backseat, where his mother
hugs and kisses him over and over, and tells him that everything is okay.
Dylan does not say anything.
When they get home, his mother
places several emotional phone calls, and then she makes some chicken noodle
soup for Dylan.
When he does not
eat it, she tells him once
again that everything is okay.
She assures him that from now on, she
will pick him up at kindergarten herself.
No more school bus.
Then, feeling at a loss, she suggests that they sit on the cozy sofa
together and watch one of his videos.
She holds him close, and he
watches the movie.
He does not keep up a running commentary, or wiggle
away to bounce on the furniture the way he usually does, but she knows that he
must be exhausted, and probably still frightened. She is, too.
video is over, she decides that Dylan looks pale.
She hopes he has not
gotten sick from lying on the damp ground, and she suggests that he go to sleep
right now, though it is still early.
Without protest, Dylan lets his
mother put him to bed, where he resumes his fetal position.
Dylan is much more than tired and very scared.
He is traumatized.
His nascent views of the world
and the people in it have been violated, and his ability to cope has been
the age of five, he faced death,
and has experienced the fact that one can terminate nightmares by
All of this
without any objective danger,
and though the story had a
happy ending Dylan has still been traumatized."
Consciousness and the Promise of Awareness, Martha Stout
An adult can
easily forget the trauma inflicted on a child.
Adults may never realize
a child has been traumatized.
A child will forget what caused the
trauma but there will always be a set of circumstance that will send that child
into a dissociative state.
It is unlikely that an adult will remember what initially caused the
trauma while not in a
"Skewed representations of
mental illness have created a false association between schizophrenia and
violence in the public imagination.
In reality, violence is not a
symptom of the illness and those affected are more likely to be the victim of a
crime than the perpetrator." - Rachel Hobbs
"Despite over two
hundred years of intensive research, no commonly diagnosed psychiatric
disorders have proven to be biological.
There are no biochemical
imbalances in the brain of typical psychiatric patients - until they are given
psychiatric drugs." - Peter Breggin
Non-Western societies able to
preserve important elements of traditional culture often report favourable
prognosis after psychosis.
Acute transient psychotic reactions,
hysterical reactions of brief duration with paranoid hallucinations
precipitated by an intense fear of magical persecution through sorcery or
witchcraft, are more common than chronic schizophrenia.
suggest an acute psychotic episode to emotionally traumatizing experiences or
severe social stress signals a state of mental emergency.
If the social
environment responds with sympathy, support, and traditional therapeutic
resources, not rejection
and isolation, tradition in
Western society psychotic symptoms tend to be fully remitted in short
"The way to awake into life is not to be
afraid, to recognize that
all of reality, as it
exists, is a
manifestation of the power of creation. " - Joseph Campbell
"Newly won emotional capacities place us in
a tumult of new psychic phenomena, and we become like Odysseus shipwrecked in a
Like Odysseus, we
cling tenaciously to the shattered keel of the ship we originally set out upon,
our only and last connection to a familiar reality.
Do the voices encouraging us to
venture out belong to the cruel Sirens?
So we close our eyes, and hold on to what we
know." - Arthur
The cognitive capacities
we possess define our reality - give it substance.
What we are all
seeking is the
experience of being
cultural priorities to
fall in love again
This is our true
nature, which we can deny only with
It is our nature
to love living things and our own
Life is a terrible
mystery - this necessity of
living by killing and eating.
'All life is sorrowful' is the first
Buddhist saying, and so it
It wouldn't be life if there were not temporality involved
You've got to say yes to life and see it as
magnificent the way it is.
We must emotionally die in
order to emotionally live.
Implanted fear causes us
to reject life and accept plunder.
The prospect of growth is as much
a prospect of loss, a threat to security.
Good news is that we can let go of
separation and fall in love again with life.
Listening is gathering information and identifying
Listening is gathering information and identifying
Listening is observing body language and observing signs of
Listening looks for triggers and ways to minister based on
Listening validates concerns treating speaker concerns as
equal to your own.
Listening helps those who have difficulty in
Someone who has been traumatized must be heard
and understood to heal.
Listening makes an effort to understand rather
than avoid blame.
Providing a safe and non-judgmental environment allows
mirror neurons to re-route and the brain to reconnect the rational with the
Handle people with gentleness, kindness, patience,
compassion and care.
Individuals may be subjected to stress
beyond their ability to coup.
If so an inbuilt survival
mechanism breaks the bonds of rational dissociation.
Acting against bodily needs to fit into the
pathocracy inflames psychosis.
Submission to the ponerological
these individuals are diagnosed as schizophrenic.
In the flux of environmental stressors
Thrown into a
wilderness of unpatterned thought many become
dependent on the
severity of the severed connections
A human consciousness exists
within an electrically charged enclosed field.
the abstraction of culture requires focus
Rational consciousness uses
a filter rather than
perceive reality directly.
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