Sunday, July 1, 2012

A Must Read! Emotional Trauma Related To Cervical Dystonia?

I came across a blog about how emotional trauma can be a huge contributor in forming cervical dystonia in certain people. It's a whole different read to all the other articles printed on what may be contributing factors of cervical dystonia. Keep in mind that there still is no known cause as to how people get cervical dystonia, so be open to what you're going to read and you will see that it does make a lot of sense! Yes, I majored in psychology, so perhaps it may make a lot more sense to me that emotional trauma may have played a part in my cervical dystonia than others who care more about what physical trauma happened in their life that caused their cervical dystonia. Whichever, you HAVE to read this article. I put the website on the side of my blog so you can just click and get into it.

Below is just a little part of the article....

"Human beings apparently have the same problem as captured animals, possibly because we live in a cultural cage. So after entering the freeze response in the face of threat, we humans are rarely able to discharge the survival energy, which gets stuck in our system: we become traumatized. So, as I see it, the ‘average’ CD patients have experienced childhood trauma, even if they don’t remember it. Then followed a lifespan with accumulating trauma. Suppressed anger played a major role in their lives. Around adolescence, they probably started to suffer from anxiety, or phobias, or depression, etc.  Meanwhile, their personality developed as one with a tendency to perfectionism, workaholism, obsessive control, structurizing everything, pleasing others, etc. Forward head posture started to show as a sign of low self-esteem. Later, the disconnect from their bodies became more obvious: they were living in their heads, always working hard, not really able to celebrate their successes, not able to truly feel their emotions, not able to express their true self. And always giving priority to the interest of others. Typically in their thirties, the trauma became more physical. Many CD patients have experienced injuries to the head and neck prior to onset of the symptoms. The symptoms themselves were onset during or just after a period of severe stress. At that point, being around forty years old, the system had accumulated a lifetime of arousal energy and suppressed anger, and couldn’t take it anymore. The entire spinal structure definitely lost balance and collapsed, causing malfunction in the brain-body communication, leading to the symptoms. And those symptoms could very well represent – at the biological level at least – the perpetuated orienting reflex that occurs in the face of a threat. So there they are: out of balance, out of control, having to slow down and make their worlds smaller, social embarrassment, etc. Their bodies have had enough and tell them that they finally need to start looking after themselves.

Not all CD patients are alike of course. It might very well be that there are CD patients without actual childhood trauma, but with later trauma that was severe enough to trigger the symptoms. Others may have triggered their symptoms by getting poisoned or by taking neuroleptics. Those drugs are of course enhancing the effect of any dissociative state, since they are designed to split off even more of our reality."


Julie said...

This is beyond fascinating and makes soooo much sense!!!! My jaw is on the floor after reading this....I'm a believer!!!

CCD said...

THanks a lot for your positive comments regarding my blog! One remark however: I am not saying that emotional trauma is the cause of CD. I am saying that childhood trauma is the cause (which can be either physical or emotional - the result is the same). Meanwhile, I have become more and more convinced that ALL people with CD have suffered (severe) childhood trauma.