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Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma

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  • About 60% of U.S. adults report being significantly abused or neglected as children. Typically, childhood trauma leaves far deeper scars than trauma inflicted later in life
  • When trauma occurs, whether the injury is to your body, mind or spirit, two basic processes are activated. The first to be activated is the fight-or-flight response. If you cannot fight or flee, the freeze response is activated
  • The fight-or-flight response is a lifesaving adaptation that helps you stay safe in dangerous situations. However, it’s designed to be activated and deactivated rapidly. Problems arise when you get stuck in the fight-or-flight response
  • The continued activation of the fight-or-flight and freeze responses are the essence of post-traumatic stress. It keeps you locked in the past, to the traumatic event, which keeps replaying in our body and mind
  • Dr. James Gordon’s book, “The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma” details a program anyone can learn and apply to help heal the effects of traumatic experiences

Dr. James Gordon is a Harvard-educated psychiatrist who uses self-care strategies and group support to help patients heal from psychological trauma. In this interview, he shares some of those strategies, which are also detailed in his book “The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma.”

Gordon is also the founder and executive director of the nonprofit Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) in Washington, D.C., and is a clinical professor at Georgetown Medical School. During his presidency, President Bill Clinton appointed Gordon chairman of the National Advisory Council to the National Institutes of Health Office of Alternative Medicine.

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