What is Trauma? Rethinking Mental Illness

Video 1: What is Trauma with regard to the Pandemic?
Rethinking Mental Illness.

What is Trauma? As there seems to be not one definitive definition of trauma, here are a few examples of what is already out there. According to Gabor Mate who is a well known Trauma specialist in British Columbia, he defines trauma as “it’s not what happens to us, but what happens inside of us as a result of what happens to us.”

Psychology today defines it as an emotional response to a distressing event.

My personal definition, similar to Gabor’s: “trauma is the story you attach to the events that happened to us.”

There are two types of trauma people endure. The most commonly known one is called post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is generally referred to as a singular event that causes distress. This could include an event that occurred in the world (Such as witnessing 9-1-1), an event that threatened your physical body, or an event you witnessed.

Complex post traumatic stress disorder or CPTSD is a prolonged series of events, and in that regard we can all say we have CPTSD because of what has occurred in our society for over 2 years called Covid-19. Let me explain and give some examples, count the .

  • Trauma is being told we are dangerous to each other so stay home and do not leave for two weeks.
  • Trauma is having 2 weeks “to slow the spread” turn into 2 months and two years of ever changing rules.
  • Trauma is being told repeatedly by the media there’s a dangerous virus out there that could cause everyone to drop dead in the streets.
  • Trauma is being told we are only allowed to go out shopping if we wear a mask and stand 6 feet apart, or order your items online and have them delivered if you don’t follow those rules.
  • Trauma is wearing a mask and having a panic attack with it on because of already traumatic events in our past.
  • Trauma is feeling forced to harm our bodies because we can’t breathe in a mask, when our breath is the one thing we must have in order to live.
  • Trauma is believing you have an immune system that can handle a virus like it always has and people screaming at you to “trust the science” of strangers I don’t know on the Tell-Lie-Vision.
  • Trauma is being kicked out of stores or refused service because you aren’t wearing a mask, even if you have a medical condition and are exempt.
  • Trauma is having an exemption but having to explain it and prove it to others.
  • Trauma is finding information about the dangers of masks and trying to help others so you can protect and help them, and having them call you a conspiracy theorist because you found other information through research.
  • Trauma is going along with the crowd and wearing a mask because we are afraid of other people’s reactions.
  • Trauma is the fear in people’s eyes if you sneeze or blow your nose around them.
  • Trauma is people coming at you aggressively in a grocery store because they are so afraid of you for not standing on your dot on the floor.
  • Trauma is finding out that masks are very harmful and full of bacteria that harms our immune systems when we have been wearing them
  • Trauma is not being able to protect our children, or others’ children from their parents, schools, or governments.
  • Trauma is fighting for your children because you separated from your ex and you disagree on what their healthcare should be.
  • Trauma is constant legal battles in a corrupt legal system that always sides with “healthcare” for the children’s best interests when you know the judges are paid off to follow the narrative.
  • Trauma is finding out your child is being tested and/or injected.
  • Trauma is believing your child needs to be tested and/or injected.
  • Trauma is going to spend time with your child for your parenting time and they are too scared to go with you.
  • Trauma is not being able to see your kids for parenting time because the other parent thinks it too dangerous.
  • Trauma is telling your kids it’s for everyone’s protection and forcing the kids to wear them and then finding out it has been harming them.
  • Trauma is sending our kids to school while being told they have to wear a mask and suffocate in order to participate.
  • Trauma is realizing that child abuse is all around us.
  • Trauma is witnessing kids wearing masks and seeing the sadness in their eyes because they can’t breathe, knowing it’s child abuse.
  • Trauma is being a child or youth wearing a mask without possibly knowing it is causing hypoxia which causes brain damage.
  • Trauma is being a child or youth and not being able to go to school or play with and visit friends.
  • Trauma is being a child or youth stuck in a volatile home life with nowhere else to go because maybe school and/or friends was part of your safety.
  • Trauma is being a child or youth trying to sort through the confusion while feeling unsafe from everything and everyone.
  • Trauma is being teased at school for wearing a mask or teased for not wearing a mask wondering “where do I fit in?”
  • Trauma is being a youth wondering when we will “get back to normal”
  • Trauma is having your parents tell you that you have to stifle your breathing to protect Grandparents and others around you.
  • Trauma is finding out your teenager or grandchild committed suicide.
  • Trauma is being in a care home and not being able to see your kids or grandkids.
  • Trauma is being in a care home, and not having the strength or ability to protect yourself from being forced to wear a mask to be around others, but not being able to touch or hug them.
  • Trauma is being in a care home with people you trust your health to and being convinced to get dangerous and harmful injections.
  • Trauma is being in a care home where everyone around you is dying.
  • Trauma is being a nurse or care aide and seeing the connection between senior’s death and the injection
  • Trauma is being a senior at home too afraid to leave the house because your health is fragile.
  • Trauma is being told you could be asymptomatic and need to be tested. This used to be diagnosed hypochondria which means regularly checking yourself for any kind of illness.
  • Trauma is having a PCR test shoved up your nose which damages your cribiform plate.
  • Trauma is being told you can’t do anything, not even work unless you get tested regularly.
  • Trauma is being blamed for others getting them sick, even though you haven’t been sick
  • Trauma is being told to quarantine for 2 weeks, because you have a cold or flu.
  • Trauma is not being able to work for two weeks because you have a cold or flu and are living paycheck to paycheck to pay bills so now you are forced into poverty and homelessness.
  • Trauma is being forced to stay away from work or school or social gatherings or family.
  • Trauma is being divided within the family because they are afraid and you are not.
  • Trauma is feeling like you have to help family members because they are financially struggling.
  • Trauma is finding out a family member committed suicide.
  • Trauma is losing friendships because you don’t see eye to eye.
  • Trauma is finding out a friend committed suicide, or a friends’ child committed suicide.
  • Trauma is being forced to take a pcr test or injection you don’t want just to be able to fly.
  • Trauma is being forced to be injected just to see family.
  • Trauma is being forced to be injected and having a severe adverse reaction, only to be told you have “anxiety” when you know that’s a lie.
  • Trauma is being forced to stay away from family because you won’t be injected.
  • Trauma is being forced to be injected just to keep your employment.
  • Trauma is needing to show injection papers just to go eat.
  • Trauma is finding out that injection is experimental.
  • Trauma is finding out that “safe and effective” is just a mantra to convince people to participate experiment.
  • Trauma is finding out that injection is causing side effects
  • Trauma is finding out the injection is dangerous and changes your DNA
  • Trauma is witnessing people have side effects or die from them.
  • Trauma is finding out a family member or friend died from an injection, or medical negligence.
  • Trauma is needing a pcr test or needing an injection just to get medical care, or life saving surgeries or treatments.
  • Trauma is finding out that the people who we thought cared about us really didn’t, including doctors, the media and the government.
  • Trauma is being in a psychological war you didn’t even know you were in.

Statistics show that

Trauma changes the brain in various ways, which has an effect on all of our thoughts, trauma drives our behaviors and trauma affects our immune systems.

How we heal from Trauma: The one good thing about this particular Covid-19 trauma is realizing we all experienced it in the past two years in one way or another, which actually brings many people closer together through it all. It is realizing you aren’t alone in your experiences and in that, we find a level of safety. The only way we can heal is when we feel safe and this is well documented. So until you feel safe in your environment you will be stuck in trauma, and all I wanted to share is that you are not alone through this

The takeaway is no one has gotten out of this entire pandemic without being traumatized and in that is where we can finally feel peace in knowing we truly reacted normally to abnormal situations! I am ok and you are ok….. together we can and we will heal!

By admin

I am a holistic mental health coach and have over 20 years combined education, research, training and experience in mental health, counselling and psychology. My previous experience in the mental health field has consisted of working with a diverse range of specialties that include communities and clients affected with special needs, addictions and recovery, workshop presentations, individual counselling, group facilitations, as well as crisis interventions, to name a few. Since Spring of 2019, my life situation has forced my learning to take on a new direction and there has been so much information and personal growth, a huge shift in my well-being holistically. This has given me a driving passion to teach others these amazing tools, information and application of what you can begin to implement in order to live your very best life no matter what your personal situation is. There’s something for everyone here, I will be referring mostly to the cause, effects, education, consequences and implementations towards your recovery, no matter what it is you are challenged with at this time in your life. Currently located in the beautiful city of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canad, my personal journey has contributed to a path of coping with chronic pain through various accumulated stressful and traumatic experiences that were stored unconsciously within the body. Personal traumas ranging from sexual assault, “special needs” parenting of an “Aspergers transgender” child, “parental alienation”, abusive relationships, divorce, and so much more. My goal is to teach you the steps you will learn to take, to heal your mind, emotions and body, simultaneously. Each person is unique and results vary, but this is the start of a journey that could result in a lasting and healing process of do-it-youself-care.

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