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Mental & Emotional Health

Trauma Nation

We don’t have to look far to notice the amount of negativity that surrounds us on a daily and consistent basis. Any one of us over the age of ten can recount the events of September 11, 2001, or any host of traumatic events that have taken place since that time. It seems our country has gone to the dogs when it comes to spewing traumatic events on every radio and news station, consistently pounding our senses with the fact that another tragedy has taken place in our country.

Between hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, riots, shootings, police brutality and civil unrest, we have become a nation riding on the brink of fear of what will happen to us next with the hope that we are not personally involved in any of these situations. And the pulse continues to pound across the Atlantic bringing news of those who hate and persecute the American way of life, liberty and freedom, and who desire to desecrate everything we stand for. America, the country everyone else loves to hate, seems to be collapsing under its own weight. But this is also a time of great change, one we must embrace and use to be role models to the rest of the world, as we embark on a revolution of spiritual growth.

But how can we be spiritual when we are all traumatized with fear? Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is not just a term used to describe a soldier who has seen death on the battlefield, nor is it only assigned to someone who has been raped or beaten.  PTSD or trauma haunts any of us who are affected by the host of evils that come across our television screens on an everyday basis. As a trauma therapist, I’ve seen more and more patients affected by emotional trauma than any other type of traumatic episode.

Emotional trauma filters into our psyche leaving a trail of hopelessness, disempowerment, isolation and fear. As a result, we’ve become a society on the brink of a mental breakdown.  In turn the volume associated with these events is tuned way too high in our minds to even think about a way out, let alone how to come out of this on top and change the world for the better, a cross for all of us to bear in this ever changing time that we live in.

So, what do I mean by saying the volume is tuned way too high for us to even think? Understand that when a human being experiences a traumatic event, the event becomes merely a memory associated with a particular emotion: rage, anger, anxiety, hate, or the like. The problem with these memories is that they play out on our subconscious movie screen with the volume turned up so loud the next Rolling Stones concert would have difficulty reaching.