It is clear that intense, massive, terrifying, and/or chronic traumatic experiences can result in the development of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and, those with PTSD carry a higher risk of developing other mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, alcohol/drug abuse, and suicide thoughts/attempts.
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Stress response occurs almost immediately, within seconds. But it takes the body much longer to de-stress and calm down.
Updated 2016, original article from WellnessOptions #12, 2003
Our evolutionary adaptive response to trauma is a flight/fight/freeze/faint response. Post traumatic stress can manifest in many different symptoms.
Original article from WellnessOptions #40, 2010
Recognizing symptoms can help you detect stress in its early stage and manage it .
We owe our first confirmation of the fact that stress and emotions affect our digestive processes to the bad temper of a French-Canadian trapper.
Original article from WellnessOptions #12, 2003
Many people develop sleep problems when they are stressed out, or after having witnessed or experienced a traumatic event such as a car accident.
Our primal need for touch was demonstrated more than 40 years ago in a series of studies developed by University of Wisconsin researcher Harry Harlow.
For some people, the experience of traumatic events in the past keeps being relived in the present, making their bodies a battleground of anxiety, anger, sadness, and stress-related symptoms.
Original article from WellnessOptions #12, April, 2003
Stress is our physical, psychological, and behavioral reactions to situations and demands that undermine our natural homeostasis, which may last for minutes or years.
Over the past decades, music has emerged as a therapeutic art form to address stress and cope with trauma.