Trauma is like a lens that alters how we see the world. When we suffer or witness an awful experience, we carry the event with us, and it negatively alters our outlook on life without us knowing it. This lens distorts our view and disrupts our ability to enjoy life.
Trauma can change our brain, which changes the way we experience life. When we realize that trauma is distorting our view, it is possible to change that negative lens. Unfortunately, because we’ve socialized men to believe that it’s not manly to admit they’re scared and hurt, men tend to suffer the impacts of trauma in silence, which only compounds the problem.
When we talk to a professional about trauma, which might be a result of an accident, disaster, physical assault, combat, violence, or abuse, we can transform it from a disfigurement to a constructive life opportunity.
Men who’ve experienced traumatic events are at risk of developing chronic health conditions, addictions, and attempting suicide. Your health risks are even greater if you’ve endured multiple negative experiences, particularly in childhood. So how do you know if you’re suffering from trauma? The symptoms can look like:
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I just needed a practical way of working through the problem. I didn’t want to be on the couch. I wanted to take action.
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I still have a way to go, but I feel like I understand what’s getting in my way better. I haven’t been able to get that from talking before.
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