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How It Can Help You

The mind and body often have a tumultuous relationship, and this can lead to negative effects, especially for those who have experience trauma. Some doctors recommend somatic experiencing to cope with trauma. Basically, this technique involves listening to the body’s signals so that you are able to fully cope with the traumatic experience. For example, people who understand their body’s fight-or-flight response have a better time dealing with anxiety. Somatic experiencing may be difficult, as it involves many unwanted emotional responses, but it may be necessary to move forward from past trauma.

Key Takeaways:

  • Fight or flight response can cause a lot of physical symptoms that don’t go away on their own.
  • If you freeze when you encounter a threat, it is especially true that you won’t be able to get rid of those feelings.
  • A therapist will better be able to help you understand your physical symptoms and help you work through them.

“Traumatic experiences can take a heavy toll — not just in the moment. Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or complex PTSD (CPTSD) can last for weeks, months, even years after the event.”

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