symptoms of ptsd

The stress underlying all symptoms of ptsd tax the adrenal glands, wear down our liver and kidneys, weaken internal organs, and deregulate circulatory channels such as blood flow, breathing, and digestion, making it even harder to take in nourishment, to feel satisfied by ordinary enjoyment and basic pleasure.

symptoms of ptsd

Accumulated tension patterns from past traumatic experience imbalances and taxes our natural biorhythms into chronic physical ailments. Trauma may be the root of unexplained, chronic physical illness.

The body’s stress response activates the production of adrenal hormones epinephrine and cortisol, boosting energy by raising blood sugar levels to do something in response to the environmental concern. This is only meant as a temporary state. Over time, if not resolved, the kidney will start producing the calming minerals zinc, calcium, and magnesium. With internalized traumatic impressions, stress is coming from unresolved self-protective responses locked in the nervous system. This locked-in stress uses up these calming minerals, weakening bones, and cell lining. The resulting imbalanced and deregulated nervous system may cause or exacerbates symptoms of ptsd, such as; chronic pain, heart disease, irritable bowel, constipation, diarrhea, insomnia, headaches, lethargy, depression, obesity, autoimmune diseases, respiratory arrhythmia, eczema, diabetes, fibromyalgia, lupus, and low bone density.

Other symptoms of ptsd inhibit the natural regulating flow between parasympathetic and sympathetic functions. The imbalance may cause varying symptoms of hyper-arousal/constriction or dissociation/dilation.

Symptoms of trauma and ptsd on the hyper-arousal/constriction side of nervous system imbalance, may create tightness in the muscles, being easily startled, jumpy, cautious, having difficultly sleeping, unable to relax, increased anxiety over months and years, moments of panic, chronic pain, irritability, anger, spontaneous outbursts, racing thoughts, hyper-concern, hyper-arousal, premature ejaculation, low-blood sugar, dizziness, diabetes, rigid boundaries in relationships, burn out, addiction to downers such as alcohol, marijuana, sedatives.

Symptoms of ptsd on the dissociation/dilation side of nervous system imbalance, may create depression, low energy, being sleepy, spacey, easily exhausted, body numbness, poor digestion, poor immune system function, dissociation, erectile dysfunction, difficulty with decisions, setting and achieving goals, addiction to stimulants such as sugar, caffeine, porn, hyper sexual behavior, or edgy activities as in extreme sports, may be prone toward other dissociating activities such as fantasy movies, books, video games, lack of boundaries in relationship, under-earning.

Somatic Experiencing supports the resolution of accumulative stress from unresolved tension patterns and returns us to our natural biorhythms of replenishing rest and satisfying action, resolving the symptoms of trauma and ptsd and restoring genuine enthusiasm and nourishing digestive / integrative functions.

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