I have spent most of my professional career giving people coping assistance with the after effects of trauma. Virtually everyone experiences some form of trauma in the course of life. I have written a new book called Health Secrets from the Seventh Heaven and have devoted a chapter to healing the after affects of trauma from the spiritual perspective with knowledge about healing and wellness taken from Kabbalah. I have been working on integrating my knowledge of health as a nurse with my learning about spirituality. The results are an amazing treasure of health secrets that I will now share with everyone, with G-d’s help.
Trauma is an occurrence that suddenly and adversely changes the body and mind. Initially, the injury phase is a mixed bag of intense emotions and pain. During the first instant after a traumatic event, the victim is in shock. Depending on the severity of the event the initial shock can last from a few seconds to a few hours and can even be life-threatening. The sudden onset of injury produces a change that evokes a series of responses such as pain, denial, anger, guilt, anxiety, helplessness and panic. For the most part doctors treat the pain and physical injuries and usually there are counselors on hand to give coping assistance to the victims and their families.
Regarding the after math, the sudden change, whether temporary or permanent affects every aspect of being. The injurious event strips away all goals and expectations developed over a lifetime, with nothing to look forward to except for pain and anguish. If that weren’t enough, the road to recovery is fraught with obstacles, namely harmful coping mechanisms and responses such as flash backs, recurrent nightmares, intrusive thoughts, sleep deprivation, chronic pain, alterations in body image, self esteem and social relationships, loss of independence, lower frustration tolerance, irritability, inappropriate startle responses to common sounds and alterations in danger perception; all of which we have come to know as post traumatic stress (PTS). Health care providers don’t pay much attention to PTS. You won’t see any printed instructions in most hospitals for what to do in case of flash backs or recurrent nightmares that leave the victim reliving the accident multiple times every day.
Therefore, I thought it might be beneficial to open a discussion on how to deal with post traumatic responses and what kind of help might be available for those who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This could be anything from fear of dogs because of being bitten decades ago that one never got over, or some vague nagging tenseness that occurs every time someone crosses the street because of an accident or even a near miss.