Getting Help for Childhood Trauma

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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)

Trauma, in general, can be described as an event that occurs that is beyond our physical, psychological, or spiritual abilities to cope. We can also experience trauma indirectly. We can even experience trauma from hearing about trauma someone else has experienced, or repeated exposure to another person’s trauma. As you can imagine, trauma impacts both children and adults. In fact, childhood trauma, sometimes called adverse childhood experiences (ACE), can have a long-lasting impact into adulthood.

Trauma is Personal

At Mindful Healing in Portland, we understand that trauma is personal. This means that each person’s interpretation of stress and capacity to cope is different from another’s. While each person is unique, what is true for all who experience trauma is that the challenge is real. You are not alone if you are seeking help for trauma.

What Kind of Impact Can Childhood Trauma Have in Adulthood?

If unaddressed, childhood trauma can lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). For some, you may not know the difference between Trauma and PTSD, essentially PTSD is an accumulation of trauma or triggers from traumatic events. As these reactions persist, they can trigger new trauma, leading to PTSD. PTSD is a condition that develops in response to a trauma, which includes 4 major types of symptoms: intrusive thoughts, avoidance behaviors, distortions in mood and cognition, and arousal symptoms.

Trauma Can Even impact Your Response to Pain

Chronic pain, understandably, is thought of as a physical problem and less related to the mind. The mind-body is a whole system and one can impact the other. Recently, NPR shared a story of Jeannine of Burbank, Calif., who had been suffering from chronic pain since she was 8.

The story titled, “Can You Reshape Your Brain’s Response to Pain?” continues to address alternate sources, such as childhood trauma, for chronic pain.

“Around 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Most of us think of pain as something that arises after a physical injury, accident or damage from an illness or its treatment. But researchers are learning that, in some people, there can be another source of chronic pain.

Repeated exposure to psychological trauma, or deep anxiety or depression — especially in childhood — can leave a physical imprint on the brain that can make some people, like Jeannine, more vulnerable to chronic pain, scientists say. (We are not using her last name for reasons of privacy.)

Get Help with Childhood Trauma Today

Therapy can do a lot towards helping you to heal from and cope with trauma. In the context of therapy, at Mindful Healing Portland LLC, we take a holistic approach. This involves creating a safe space for grounding and working through trauma. In therapy, we can assess how trauma has affected the mind-body, teach grounding skills to work with somatic challenges (physical reactions), and bring greater calm and relaxation into the body.

Do I Need Insurance to See a Therapist?

No. In fact, at Mindful Healing Portland LLC., we accept clients on a sliding scale. We are currently accepting clients for our sliding scale rates.

 

If you live in Portland or the Portland area and want information or help with PTSD and Trauma,

E-MAIL US OR CALL US AT 503-878-8588 TO SCHEDULE YOUR INTAKE TODAY.

 

How Childhood Trauma Can Impact Your Physical Health

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There is a consensus in the wellness community that there exists a mind-body connection. Mental health contributes to physical health. PTSD and Trauma can have an immediate impact on brain chemistry. In youth, this can also impact the development of the neurocircuitry. There can also be long-term physical impacts on the body that can lead to cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure leading to heart attack and strokes.

Let’s Talk Brain Impact

Stress creates a chain reaction that starts in the brain. In the short term, your emotional processor, the amygdala, sends signals to your command center, the hypothalamus, to increase heart rate, deeper intake of oxygen, more adrenaline, and cortisol is released to compensate for the energy spent during the chain of events.

This chain reaction is beneficial under moderation, but with PTSD these signals are always being sent and it can be a non-stop continuous chain reaction. In short, you produce too much cortisol which can kill brain cells and even reduce the size of the brain.

PTSD Impact on the Heart

We should add the caveat that there needs to be more research on the correlation between stress and PTSD and heart disease, but it is agreed that people with PTSD have a higher risk of heart disease. This means that PTSD may also lead to behaviors that are directly related to heart disease like substance abuse. Even if we remove those factors, PTSD also leads to physical contributions of heart disease like high blood pressure and increased cholesterol levels.

PTSD Impact on the Rest of the Body

Under stress, your liver produces extra blood sugar to give you a boost of energy. If this becomes chronic you could develop type 2 diabetes and then a domino effect of physical issues can arise. It can impact a male’s testosterone levels and sexual drive for both genders. Finally, your immune system gets weakened and you become more susceptible to the flu and the common cold—as well as other infections.

PTSD Can Be Treated

When you have PTSD, it might feel like you’ll never get your life back, but it can be treated. More importantly, you are not alone. There are many people realizing that help is available. Treatment for PTSD can improve your symptoms (see list of 22 PTSD symptoms), teach you skills to cope with PTSD, and restore your self-esteem. You can find the strength you did not know you had.

Do I Need Insurance to See a Therapist?

No. In fact, at Mindful Healing Portland LLC., we accept clients on a sliding scale. We are currently accepting clients for our sliding scale rates.

If you live in Portland or the Portland area and want information or help with PTSD and Trauma,

E-MAIL US OR CALL US AT 503-878-8588 TO SCHEDULE YOUR INTAKE TODAY.

 

Car Accidents: The Number One Cause of PTSD

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What is the Definition of PTSD?

In layman terms Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying traumatic event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. A traumatic event can include a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war, combat, physical or sexual abuse.

What is the #1 Cause?

Most people associate PTSD with veterans exposed to the violence of war and combat. Others associate PTSD with a form of physical or sexual abuse. The number one cause, however, is car accidents.  Technically the term is motor vehicle accidents (MVA).

According to the American Psychological Association, “Over one percent of the American population is involved in a serious (causing personal injury) motor vehicle accident (MVA) each year and a majority will experience at least a minor MVA by the age of 30. MVAs are considered the leading cause of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the general population and car accidents are the number one trauma for men and the second most frequent trauma for women…”

How Do I know If I Have PTSD from an MVA?

In a previous article, we define the difference between trauma and PTSD.  It is best to get assessed by a mental health professional to determine whether you have PTSD or any other mental health disorder. If you’ve experienced a trauma and notice changes in your thinking, behavioral, emotional, or arousal, and it is causing you distress or impacting your functioning, it is wise to seek treatment to get help with whatever changes you are experiencing. You can also reference an article that lists 22 symptoms of PTSD.

Why Seek Help after a Car Accident?

The short answer is to reduce your PTSD symptoms sooner. According to a national survey that examined 8,000 individuals, 40 percent of those who did not receive mental health treatment for PTSD resulting from either an MVA or other cause within six years following the trauma continued to suffer from PTSD for as long as 10 years after the initial trauma.

By seeking treatment, reaching out for support, and developing new coping skills, you can overcome PTSD and move on with your life. People who seek treatment find relief from their symptoms and go on to lead a healthy life. It is also important to know that it is possible for PTSD to be successfully treated many years after the traumatic event or events occurred, which means it’s never too late to seek help.

Do I Need Insurance to See A Therapist?

No. In fact, at Mindful Healing Portland LLC., we accept clients on a sliding scale. We are currently accepting clients for our sliding scale rates.

 

If you live in Portland or the Portland area and want information or help with PTSD and Trauma,

E-MAIL US OR CALL US AT 503-878-8588 TO SCHEDULE YOUR INTAKE TODAY.

 

What Is Childhood Trauma?

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First, What is Trauma?

The technical definition of trauma is exposure to a distressing event that exceeds one’s ability to cope, or repeated exposure to adverse events that collectively exceeds one’s ability to cope. It is important to note that trauma can happen just from knowing about a distressing event, even if that event is not happening directly to you.

What Are the Symptoms of Trauma?

Symptoms of trauma tend to be broken down into five categories: Intrusion symptoms, Avoidance symptoms, Mood and Cognitive symptoms, Arousal symptoms, and Dissociative symptoms. People who have been traumatized may experience all the symptoms, or just a few. For more details click on 5 Categories of Trauma Symptoms.

Can Childhood Trauma Impact Me as An Adult?

The answer is yes. The effects from early childhood trauma can be long-lasting and impact one’s life into adulthood.

Children who experience trauma are more likely to experience developmental problems in later years and in adulthood. Common developmental challenges for people who have experienced childhood trauma include: concentrating in school or work, reckless behavior, issues controlling temper, problems developing healthy boundaries in relationships, and acting out their trauma throughout life.

The good news is that it is still treatable.

How Do I Get Help with Childhood Trauma?

If you are reading this article, you are already on the right track. It is important to know that you are not alone. According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, 78 percent of children report more than one traumatic experience before the age of five. Research shows that early interventions tend to lead to better long-term prognoses with trauma. Speak to a professional. Therapy can help with managing/reducing symptoms, healing long-term wounds, and helping you navigate life in a healthier way. In therapy, we can evaluate how trauma has affected the mind-body, teach coping skills, and learn methods to bring calm and relaxation into the mind-body.

Do I Need Insurance to See A Therapist?

No. In fact, at Mindful Healing Portland LLC., we accept clients on a sliding scale. We are currently accepting clients for our sliding scale rates.

 

If you live in Portland or the Portland area and want information or help with PTSD and Trauma,

E-MAIL US OR CALL US AT 503-878-8588 TO SCHEDULE YOUR INTAKE TODAY.