What is trauma?

Trauma or Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) symptoms are caused by the mind trying to make sense of the story when the body/mind system was overwhelmed.

Trauma symptoms can effect anyone and are normal responses to overwhelming events


Trauma might be caused by a specific event like a car crash, or by many smaller events eventually building up and overloading the system – such as abuse or continued high levels of stress. 

When this happens our primitive brain, the fight and flight responses automatically take over and start to flood our system with hormones to help us escape from threat.

For some the fight and flight dial gets turned up too high and needs a little help to turn back down again.

Some of the key signs of trauma or PTS can be:

  • Physical sensations – pain, nausea, sweating
  • Nightmares
  • Flashbacks – involuntarily and vividly re-living events
  • Repetitive and upsetting images or sensations
  • Constant negative thoughts, self questioning, guilt and shame ‘why didn’t I fight back?’
  • Avoidance of similar situations
  • Hyperarousal – feeling jumpy and ‘on edge’ all the time
  • Angry outbursts
  • Excessive tearfulness
  • Brain fog
  • Sleep problems
  • difficulty concentrating
  • Numbness and disconnection from the world

PTS symptoms are not just for soldiers.  It can happen to anyone.

If you are worried that you might have PTS your GP will be able to help you get a diagnosis. It is important that you get some help.

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Kate is a trauma and embodiment specialist. She is a TRE & EFT Supervising Mentor and is on the Executive Board of EFT International (formerly AAMET) and is a Comprehensive Energy Psychology Practitioner, DipPsych, Master Hypnotist, Master Practitioner of NLP and Time Line Therapy (accredited by the ABNLP) and has been an intuitive body & energy worker for 30 years. While she works with any problem state she specialises in the sensitive areas of Post Traumatic Stress, emotional abuse, chronic pain and anxiety.