The vast majority of mental health difficulties are routed in early life trauma. As such, if left untreated, the impact of trauma on the body can often be devastating. The human psyche and body is fantastic at adapting to circumstances and just ‘carrying on’ especially where they have no choice such as continuing to live in traumatic circumstances (family is the best example). However, the trauma and impact of it is always stored and as such it is held in the body until the body can cope no more. There is a disproportionately high incidence of illnesses such as Fibromyalgia, EDS, Lupus, Chronic pain, MS, thyroid problems, Psoriasis, Arthritis and trauma.
I’ll explain it as such… if the environment isn’t safe or experienced as safe (as determined by the individual) then nervous system is on high alert to keep the person safe and try to prevent danger from happening. When the nervous system is on high alert – which is the fight, flight, freeze response – chemicals are released to ensure survival. But these chemicals which are crucial for survival from an evolutionary perspective become harmful to the body if they stay there for a long time. If the body is in a heightened level of stress for a long period of time these chemicals continue to circulate in the body and will become a toxin which places the body under further tension. Over time this causes damage to the body. This is particularly profound in childhood when the brain is still forming.
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