TRAUMA AND STRESS ARE AT THE ROOT
OF MOST OF OUR PROBLEMS
There is growing recognition within the healing professions that trauma (as well as stress/distress) is not only held in the psyche, altering our perception of reality, it is also held in the body. Traumatic life experiences, both physical & emotional are significant factors in the development and/or maintenance of most problems found in health care. 75% of requests for medical care are linked to the actions or consequences of the accumulation of stress/trauma on the human body.
According to The American Psychological Association, the majority of office visits to the doctor today involve stress-related complaints, and stress is linked to the six leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide.
The Trauma Tree
This tree represents how the amount of trauma or stress/distress we experience in our earlier lives greatly influences and creates the “roots” of our emotional and behavioral foundation for the rest of our lives. From our distressful experiences come our negative thoughts, beliefs and perceptions about ourselves. These negative beliefs branch out and create our negative feelings causing our Anxiety, Depression, Fear, Anger/Rage, even some of our Physical Pain, etc. The Leaves of the tree represent our dysfunctional behaviors, (i.e., overeating, drug/alcohol abuse, working or shopping too much, being a Perfectionist, a People Pleaser, etc., to mention only a few) which are attempts to cover up or avoid our negative feelings.