Trauma, Death, and Re-Birth

My experience tells me that a severe trauma to the body cannot avoid the parallel experience in the emotional and psychological life of the victim; nor can the severe trauma of loss of a loved one by death or divorce avoid its bodily expression. If an injury is severe enough to warrant the name “trauma” and to earn the subsequent diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, then it seems reasonable to think about it as having its effect on the totality of the individual.
With that as the context for our understanding I would suggest that any psychological and or spiritual intervention aimed at a healing process, needs to make room for and include the experience of grief and mourning for the death of the life as it had been anticipated, before attempting to make room for and designing the life to come.
A long, and convoluted sentence, but neither as long, nor as convoluted as the sentence of death and re-birth which I believe the victim of trauma has to face.
I strongly suspect that psychological interventions that rely solely on those verbal tools, which were originally designed to utilize cognition in order to analyze and understand the root causes of ineffective behavior, cannot provide the kind of environment required to safely process the grief and mourning experience, without which neither the victim, nor the family can really begin anew.
The root cause of PTSD is unambiguous and awfully clear. It cannot be analyzed; it cannot be understood. It functioned to destroy the dream of the future and it was successful. That dream is dead. It cannot be rationalized away, its existence and influence cannot be denied. That dream provided direction and motivation for a life that now must be lived outside of it. Therefore, unless that dream is laid to rest with all the dignity it deserves the healing process itself will be crippled.
If that complexity is understood, then it becomes obvious that the therapeutic process must include the family, and that the process itself must include those therapies ordinarily referred to as adjunctive therapies. Those therapies are more effectively appreciated and employed as therapies that can access the non-verbal, and pre-verbal portions of our psyche. They are: dance, art, psychodrama, movement and music.
Some of these therapies may be employed in certain specific treatment centers. I am not familiar enough with the current situation to have certainty about that. But my minimal exposure to seminars designed to speak to the treatment of PTSD has not encouraged me to believe those therapies are as actively in use as they should be.

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