Understanding Trauma

The Effects of Trauma

We all have some form of wounding, often times starting in childhood and getting validated through our lives. This wound causes pain and usually stems from shame, abandonment, fear and feelings of not being safe; anything we would call trauma. Think openly when you think of the word trauma, it can take many forms, not just the obvious. Often times, the subtle events that we minimize can cause the most pain. This pain causes vulnerability and discomfort which ends up acting like a fire that we are afraid to sit in or go near.

Most of us haven’t been taught how to manage our feelings, handle hard things and navigate this suffering. So when we start to feel the emotions, they feel overwhelming, scary and suffocating and we go to great lengths to numb and avoid them. These actions usually make things worse and cause a slew of unhealthy behaviors that become problematic patterns in our lives that take us away from ourselves, the people we care about and our values.

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Trauma causes severe disconnect from our lives and is glued together by shame.

Most commonly, the problematic patterns fall somewhere in the areas of the following:


The belief that due to our trauma we are not worth more than the pain it has caused so we turn inward with shame and hatred.


Blaming and lashing out at others.


Unhealthy relationships without boundaries.


The use of numbing and avoiding through any means, not just alcohol or drugs. It can be TV, eating, work, perfecting, control, exercise, shopping, etc.

Deer Hollow has a unique formulary designed to help individuals heal from the effects of traumatic wounds.

(Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

EMDR is an interactive technique used to work with the dysregulation of the nervous system and relieve psychological stress. This process uses bi-lateral stimulation, most commonly with the eyes, to unlock unprocessed trauma networks, thereby giving space and distance from traumatic material. This has proven to be an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). At Deer Hollow Recovery we have EMDR Trained Therapists that utilize EMDR during individual therapy sessions as well as during scheduled inpatient groups.

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