- Have you ever been labelled?
- Have you ever been told that you have:
- attention deficit disorder
- post-traumatic stress disorder
- anxiety disorder
- oppositional defiance disorder
- some other disorder
- …or maybe just good old-fashioned depression?
You are not any of these labels. You are just a normal person who has suffered an injury – an injury to your nervous system.
If you experienced something negative that:
- was overwhelming, and
- you did not have the resources to cope, and
- you could not escape the situation,
then your nervous system can become damaged. This could be a single traumatic event, or more than one event, or long-term neglect at any stage of life.
Head injuries, other medical conditions, and substance abuse can also have an impact.
Maternal anxiety, stress, and drug use can also affect the baby in utero.
PTSD, anxiety and depression are not ‘all in your head’. They are the result of real physical changes in your body. Suffering from PTSD, anxiety or depression does not mean that you are weak, or a moral failure. It means that you have been injured.
Trauma Life Recovery offers a foundational course that teaches you:
- techniques to heal your nervous system; and
- how to manage difficult emotions; and
- practical things you can do to get life on track
Due to work commitments Trauma Life Recovery is not able to offer one on one counselling at this time. If you are serious about going on a Hero’s Journey to get your life back, then enrol in the Trauma Life Recovery course. We also recommend finding an experienced counsellor or psychologist with an understanding of religious experience.
What if I’m already seeing someone?
If you are already under the supervision of a trained counsellor, a psychiatrist or medical doctor, or a psychologist, then continue to see them BUT ALSO enrol in the Trauma Life Recovery course [link to page 2]. This will give you a strong foundation to aid recovery, in addition to whatever other supports you have.
What about medication?
Medication can be helpful to ‘damp down’ the symptoms. That can enable you to lead a better life. It can also stabilise you enough to explore other treatments. However, medication on its own seldom, if ever, results in healing, and often has side-affects. Medication should only ever be taken or stopped on the advice of a prescribing doctor.