Trauma is overwhelming to the mind and body. The reality of what is happening in a traumatic moment is incomprehensible to our brain. Our sense of reality, safety, and security are shattered in the same instant that chaos, urgency, and life-threatening danger could be taking place. Even though we aren’t capable of fully processing trauma at the moment, all of the information and stimuli from a traumatic moment still enters our brain. Since the brain isn’t capable of taking care of all that information at once, it does the best it can by separating and compartmentalizing the information. In the process, some of that information is stored away, deep in the inner workings of the mind, where it cannot be easily accessed. Typically, the most challenging, most difficult information is the kind hidden away. Suppressed memories are common for people living with PTSD and other manifestations of trauma. The kinds of memories hidden, the meaning they hold in someone’s life, and their need to be resolved can determine just how trauma will manifest in someone’s life. Moreover, unresolved, deeply hidden trauma can dictate how someone is able to live their life.
Some people with suppressed memories are aware that there are parts of their brain which simply feel inaccessible. Other people have no idea that memories which have never been touched are having a negative effect on their lives. There are some people who will have memories they don’t recognize, patterns that are obvious, yet a feeling that something isn’t fully disconnected inside.
The many different therapeutic approaches to treating trauma can help us access the memories we need to access, as well as decide which memories are better left untouched. Through trauma treatment, we can safely journey into the points of the past which caused us the most pain and handle their truths in a secure environment. At times, our memories may pop up unexpectedly and trigger us. Thankfully in treatment, we are surrounded by compassionate, trained professionals who can help us navigate our journey to recovery.
Trauma is most often the root cause of many emotional, behavioral, and mood disorders. Until you can heal your trauma, you will find great difficulty finding the healing you need to live a life of recovery, health, and wellness. At Khiron House, we provide effective residential treatment and cutting edge therapies which seek to transform mind, body, and spirit from the effects of trauma. Call us today for information. UK: 020 3811 2575 (24 hours) USA: (866) 801 6184 (24 hours).