Early childhood trauma is interesting because the part of the brain that can tell the difference between what is a real danger vs. an imagined danger, has not yet fully developed. In essence the child has to rely upon the parents to continue to keep them safe until part of the brain that can (for instance) recognize the danger of crossing the street and look both ways is developed. Also the ability for communication and have an understanding of time is a part of brain development. During this time frame, any perceived threat or trauma incident is only recognized by ways of emotional and physical memory. This is called implicit memory, then implicit memory becomes procedural memory but it exists without a date or time stamp, leaving the procedural memory to exist as a continuing threat that can occur at any moment. This continued stress effects the brains development. In brief summary, it is under times of stress/trauma the sympathetic side of the limbic system activates and the nonessential systems for survival are shut down. This includes the frontal cortex where all reasoning takes place. Chances are in this heightened level of anxiety/stress that the frontal cortex is not operational or is extremely limited. Individuals with chronic stress issues may also have memory problems and potentially reoccurring nightmare issues when this activation is stuck. Cortisol used by the body for fight or flight is left trickling inside depleting the reservoirs and the body becomes more susceptible to pain.
On the other side what is interesting is a person can also be on the withdrawn and seemingly depressed spectrum which still ties into the parasympathetic side of the limbic system. According to Dr. Janina Fischer, some people may be misdiagnosed with ADD/ADHD, Borderline Personality Disorder or even with a Bi-polar disorder when they may actually be dealing with bad procedural memory programming relating to early childhood traumatic issues. By helping individuals learn how to use relaxation techniques and self-hypnosis to control what I call the throttle of the brain, they can become more regulated, and present in their right mind. I like to call it, "Learning to be still and know that He is God." What is interesting is even now, by using God's Healing Process many people have only begun to experience what normal feels like. I am grateful to God and give Him the glory for the work He has done. I have had individuals that have begun a transformational journey, being enabled to grow beyond the previous conditions that have kept them captive. Others have progressed in overcoming addictions that had been associated with historic issues. I will boast in the Lord and the good works that He accomplishes. Psa 139:14 (ESV) I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
There is help and hope,