Did you know our brain relies on past experiences to make executive decisions in your current life? Traumatic experiences may, unknowingly, be guiding the decisions you make every day.

If you have had an experience that threatened your sense of security and/or safety in your world then you have had a traumatic experience. Luckily, in today's world, post-traumatic stress disorder has finally been acknowledged as a very real and significantly debilitating disorder which has empowered science and practitioners to develop effective treatments. As defined by the National Institute of Mental Health:


"PTSD develops after a terrifying ordeal that involved physical harm or the threat of physical harm. The person who develops PTSD may have been the one who was harmed, the harm may have happened to a loved one, or the person may have witnessed a harmful event that happened to loved ones or strangers."


Note that this definition includes a single ordeal. PTSD is frequently tied to large traumatic life experiences such as wars, kidnapping, mugging, car accidents, child abuse, plane crashes, train wrecks, bombings, or natural disasters such as tornadoes, floods, and hurricanes. What many people are unaware of is trauma comes in all shapes and sizes. For example the following situations are all capable of leading to the development of the debilitating symptoms of trauma:


  • Absent caretakers who neglect their child
  • Ongoing bullying and/or teasing by classmates, peers, siblings, or family members
  • Living in a violent or unsafe neighborhood. Similarly, attending a violent and/or unsafe school
  • Emotionally and/or psychologically abusive relationships
  • Having a chronically ill loved one and the ongoing fear of losing that important person
  • and many, many, many more.


The effects of living with the impact of having experienced trauma are profuse. Untreated these symptoms can seep into every area of your life leading to disruptions in your personal relationships, emotional outbursts (anger, uncontrollable crying, etc.), a sense of being out of control, feelings of constant and irrational fear (anxiety, panic attacks, hypervigilance), sleep disruption (nightmares, insomnia, etc.), and so much more. Don't let trauma derail your life. If you have experienced traumatic experiences in your life they may be preventing you from living your most fulfilled life. Contact Dr. Truitt and her team todayand discuss what options are available to sponsor Your Best Life and Live Your Excellence.

Did you know our brain uses information connected to traumatic experience differently than information learned in any other situation? In new or uncertain situations, the information  learned when a trauma occurred is often the filter through which new experiences are defined. A trauma filter.

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Did you know the effects of a traumatic experience can still haunt you thirty, forty, even fifty years after the event occurred?  While the experience may have passed long ago it may feel as though it happened just yesterday and still carry the same emotional power and physical reaction.

Did you know just as physical wounds heal so too does our brain? With proper treatment and support your brain, your mind, your life, you will recover from the traumatic experiences and be empowered to Live Your Excellence.

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