Psychological Trauma

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Psychological Trauma: Emotional Disorder

Psychological trauma can inflict deep mental pain that can remain with you for days, weeks, months and sometimes even years. For example, people with psychological trauma may experience a change in emotions, such as irritability, anger, depression, anxiety and fear. So sometimes trauma comes out at night in the form of nightmares. Do you still experience nightmares as an adult?

For me personally, I don’t have as many nightmares as I did as a child. For instance, when I do have them, I no longer wake up screaming or frightened. I usually wake up in discomfort and try to fall back asleep. People with psychological trauma may remain awake for the remainder of the night. Their nightmares feel like they’re reliving the trauma.

Trauma can result from many events and different types of scenarios:

  • Rape
  • Wars
  • Natural disasters
  • Kidnappings
  • Accidents
  • Injuries
  • Robberies
  • Theft
  • Even an adverse reaction from a medication or illicit drug
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What exactly is trauma?

What exactly is trauma? Be definition, trauma is a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. Therefore, something is traumatic when you least expect it to happen and it causes a great deal of stress and disturbance in your psyche. So if you’re not prepared for something terrible to happen, which most of us are not, your mind becomes shocked when it does happen. That’s because your mind does not experience terrible events very often, so when it does happen, it’s like a horror movie that comes to life.

In addition, these traumatic experiences are then stored in the unconscious mind which sprinkles tidbits of the trauma in the form of nightmares; these nighttime mosquitos love to sting! How do you deal with nightmares? Is there even a way to deal with them? What is your experience with psychological trauma? Have you ever been diagnosed with an emotional disorder? Please contribute as this is a platform for all of us to share our experiences and learn from.

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

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Spiritual Nightmares

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Waking Up Startled

We’ve all experienced good dreams and nightmares. Sometimes we wish that we never had awakened from a pleasant dream. Other times, we wake up terrified and afraid to go back to sleep. But what are the meaning of dreams and should we take them seriously? Freud once said, “dreams are the royal road to the unconscious.”

In that case, are spiritual nightmares related to the unconscious mind as well? A spiritual nightmare is exactly what it sounds like: a dream related to the supernatural that wakes you up from sleep because of its frightening and unpleasant nature. Sometimes a nightmare feels like reality!

How many of you have felt the presence of a spirit in your room upon awakening from a nightmare? How many of you have felt your back touched or bed cover pulled on and then suddenly waking up startled? I believe quite a few people can attest to the above experiences.

The best way to go about analyzing these spiritual experiences is to talk about them in therapy with a psychoanalyst who is interested in dream interpretation. The chances are slim that you will find meaning from these spiritual nightmares on your own; guidance will always serve you better.

Sometimes the experience can be so frightening that you become scared to go to bed the following night. But you cannot allow these nightmares or spiritual experiences to control your life. Whether or not you discover the reason for their appearance, you have to continue to live your life without fear.

You may wake up startled from a nightmare, but don’t allow that experience to turn into a living nightmare!

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

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