In this podcast, Aubrey and Mags (under her previous screen name Monkey) talk about PTSD; everything from what it is, to how it can manifest.
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“When we’re traumatised routinely and repeatedly, there are physiological symptoms that go along with that. So most people listening to this probably have (or have had) gastrointestinal problems that you can’t seem to solve, no matter what it is. You can have severe sleep problems—either you want to sleep too much or you can’t sleep at all. I tend to fall at the extreme end of, “Whoo! Yay, me! I got four whole hours last night!”
One of the other things that I’ve personally experienced in my PTSD is something called cyclic tachycardia. Cyclic tachycardia will come out of absolutely nowhere. I could be sitting at my desk working on something that had nothing to do with anything—nothing legal, nothing about my ex-husband, nothing—and all of a sudden my blood pressure would shoot out the roof and my heart would start to race. And there was no conscious trigger for it. There was nothing.
But these are just physiological things. If you could imagine an unregulated car engine, and you know…the timing belt comes off—or whatever happens when a car engine does that—and it doesn’t know what to do. Sometimes…it’ll rev up for no reason, and it’ll slow down. So it’s kind of the same thing, your body is trying to normalise itself in an abnormal environment, an abnormal situation.
So [this is] the problem that we find with understanding PTSD in the context of surviving abuse—especially non-physical abuse, because it’s not so obvious. If you’re beaten as a child, or if you’re physically attacked as an adult, that is obvious trauma. People can get their head around that. The problem is that we are in a day and age…—well, probably have been for decades and decades and decades—we don’t have a trauma-informed society. So even though people have heard of PTSD, a lot of them may have heard it first as “Battle Fatigue” or “Combat Stress”, and correlate it to war, to soldiers who’ve been in combat. And then as we’ve sort of gotten more information, we understand, “Oh, okay, people who are victims of violent crime, sexual assault, things like that, they develop PTSD.” This can happen, that can happen. And so there’s a little bit more understanding. But the problem is that unless they’ve experienced it, people can’t understand that there is massive trauma that can be caused in the absence of any physical violence.“
Links to Resources
- Effects of Domestic Violence by the Joyful Heart Foundation.
- And also important to remember is that “violence” does not have to include physical violence. Remind yourself again of the Definition of Domestic Violence.
- The Podcast episode that Aubrey refers to at the beginning of this episode is here.
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