Trauma is an experience of threat to safety and survival. Threat activates fight, flight, freeze in the amygdala of the limbic brain in our animal body. Trauma is stored in the body. So are generational histories. So is historical trauma. A hallmark of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) includes anniversary reactions. Seasons and dates often trigger embodied memory. When the anniversary remains unconscious, there can be a higher risk of trauma reenactment. Unhealed trauma is disorienting. It doesn’t know that the circumstance of threat is truly over, clouding perception in the here and now. This vulnerability is another reason why it’s vital for trauma to be respected, taken seriously, understood.
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