December 7, 2014

Healing from Emotional Trauma.


When your mind and heart are truly open abundance will flow to you effortlessly and easily.

It’s almost impossible these days to read a newspaper or listen into a news broadcast without hearing about someone who has experienced some sort of emotional trauma.

Often referred to as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the news item will relate how the person may have been accosted on the street or threatened in their homes. They may have met with and survived any kind of violence, physical or emotional abuse. Or they might have witnessed a tragic accident or incident, any of which has left them emotionally traumatized.

What you don’t hear much about is what happens to those individuals later. You also don’t hear about the hundreds of people whose emotional traumas don’t make headlines. Those who lived through a natural disaster, experienced a hazardous accident, serious financial difficulties, or are living in situations where ongoing threats to their well-being and survival are present. Recent research has revealed that emotional trauma can result from such common occurrences as an auto accident, the breakup of a significant relationship, a humiliating or deeply disappointing experience, the discovery of a life-threatening illness or disabling condition, or other similar situations. Traumatizing events can take a serious emotional and physical toll on those involved, even if the event did not cause physical damage.

If left un-treated, a traumatic experience can overwhelm one’s capacity to cope with what would be a “normal” situation, causing their nervous system to be thrown off balance. If this trauma-induced imbalance is not resolved, it lingers. This is what accounts for the ongoing emotional after-effects of trauma, such as anxiety and depression, panic attacks and fearfulness, sleep disturbances and relationship problems. Some individuals experience a sense of despair and hopelessness, guilt feelings, grief reactions and avoidance of situations that resemble the initial event. Their sense of security is shattered and they feel helpless and vulnerable in a dangerous world.

The emotional problems experienced from traumatic events are also immensely harmful to physical health. Common symptoms include a racing heart, headaches, chronic unexplained pain, hyper-vigilance, exaggerated startle response, sleep difficulties, increased stress, eating disturbances, low energy and sexual dysfunction.

It is not the event that determines whether something is traumatic to someone, but the individual's experience of the event. And it is not predictable how a given person will react to a particular event. For someone who is used to being in control of emotions and the environment around them, it may be surprising – even embarrassing – to discover that something like an accident or job loss can be so debilitating

It can be very difficult to cope with emotional trauma and its resulting symptoms on your own. Sometimes the emotional and physical responses are delayed for months or even years after the event. Often people do not even initially associate their symptoms with the precipitating trauma. People can be tempted to begin self-medicating with alcohol, illicit or unprescribed drugs. They may gradually increase the variety and frequency of prescribed medication to try to cope with the stress or anxiety an event has caused.
A healthier way to get back on track is to connect with others regularly and avoid isolation. Reaching out for support from loved ones or other caring community members, while often difficult at first, will help you find ways to bring back a balanced state of well-being. Also, seek out the professional opinions and assistance of someone trained in the field. Treatments may focus on education, stress management techniques, the release of body memories and help to work through the emotions you may hold that are causing physical as well as mental pain. It is important to note that your willingness and desire to feel better can be your most powerful ally on the road to recovery.

Experiencing a psychological trauma clearly has major problems, but the process of healing that trauma can open you up to deep transformation and personal growth. As your trauma heals, it’s not uncommon to experience a deeper sense of compassion, empathy and intimacy in your relationships. You may also experience a greater sense of wisdom, acceptance, and appreciation for life. Healing emotional trauma is especially powerful because it impacts all aspects of your personhood – physical, emotional, cognitive, behavioral, relationships, and spirituality.

Chopra Addiction and Wellness Center (Center) partnered with Dr. Deepak Chopra and Chopra Center for Wellbeing is a therapeutic residential treatment centre that offers a path to restore, or find, the balance and wholeness that people who are suffering from emotional trauma need, in order to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Under the guidance of a team of holistic health care professionals, guests are able to identify and release stored emotional pain and replace with more nurturing and self-empowering behaviors and perspectives. This work is done in individual and group therapy sessions. The daily routine at the Chopra Addiction and Wellness Center is based on the principles of Ayurvedic medicine and includes regular practice of yoga and meditation, a vegetarian diet, twice weekly massages, art therapy, and acupuncture sessions.

The goal of the Center is to provide individuals from all walks of life with a unique opportunity to heal and move beyond that pain to experience joy.

Find out more about our Chopra Addiction and Wellness center in Vancouver at

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  1. Mahendra Trivedi Reviews

    Common personal and behavioral effects of emotional trauma: • substance abuse • compulsive behavior patterns • self-destructive and impulsive behavior • uncontrollable reactive thoughts • inability to make healthy professional or lifestyle choices • dissociative symptoms ("splitting off" parts of the self) • feelings of ineffectiveness, shame, despair, hopelessness • feeling permanently damaged • a loss of previously sustained beliefs

  2. Deborah Machon

    I have PTSD from psychiatric care for ten years. Being restrained for no reason. Forced drugged because I spoke about my prophetic dreams, arrested when I was having a reaction to side effects. This was a good article. I just wish I could afford to go to Chopra Center. I am on disability now and well, that`s only a wish. Thank you for the information

  3. Lucy

    Recovery fm CPTSD (lonterm Abuse including multiple Traumas) is not an easy or fast event for me. I don`t believe an expensive treatment program can cure this. I have lost everything financially and as more memories and symptoms come up - the ability to be employable. In & Out of Depression, Flashbacks, Anxiety, dissociation etc. There are times I feel like I am getting better and then Wham - My Higher Power thinks I am ready to handle more healing - slow and steady- Sometimes I get very tired and feel like I will lose hope.. But then I see my progress, THAT gives me hope. I dilligently search for and take free counselling and have been fortunate to have counsellors knowledgeable in Trauma. I do NOT like seeing articles that say many people do not recover - they learn to cope. I will NOT give up my hope that I will at least be able to `function` or have a desire to socialize one day.

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