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The Healing of Trauma. Challenges to rebuilding southern Sudan. Trauma is the most significant health problem for southern Sudan. “ Everyone is sick with it” – Fr. Paul Boyle, Director of Holistic Trauma Healing, Nairobi

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the healing of trauma

The Healing of Trauma

Challenges to rebuilding southern Sudan

trauma is the most significant health problem for southern sudan
Trauma is the most significant health problem for southern Sudan
  • “Everyone is sick with it” – Fr. Paul Boyle, Director of Holistic Trauma Healing, Nairobi
  • If unrecognized or undervalued it will undermine all attempts to rebuild the society and the Church.
the first five years after the peace
The first five years after the Peace
  • If there is no longer an enemy
  • The impact of the trauma must be displace on someone, somewhere if not healed
  • The displacement will go back to the culture
  • Spouse
  • Child
  • Addictions: alcohol, drug, sex abuse
healing process
Healing Process
  • You need to
  • Name the trauma
  • Claim the trauma
  • Tame the trauma
trauma doesn t go away like stress
Trauma doesn’t’ go away like stress
  • It remembers itself somewhere in our system, in our souls
  • Often in the place that wants to be gratified
there is always a trigger
There is always a trigger
  • Something that will evoke a memory
terms
Terms
  • Stress
  • Strains our ability to cope
  • Internal/external events push us to our limits
  • Tension
  • We feel pressure, confined focus, panic
  • Response is different according to the situation
trauma
Trauma
  • Holistic – it effects the mind, body & soul
  • Effect: frozen, numb, helpless, emotionally detached
  • Brain can’t cope so it turns off
indicators of stress trauma
Stress

Anger

Sadness

Fear

Distrust

Feeling Controlled

Helpless

Anxious

Trauma

Violence & Rage

Depression

Terror

Paranoia

Feeling Manipulated

Hopeless

Threatened

Can’t control emotions

Indicators of Stress & Trauma
one traumatized person can traumatize 100 people
One traumatized person can traumatize 100 people
  • Experience of stress is momentary
  • Post Trauma Stress Disorder
  • A way of life
two emergency responses to trauma hyper arousal or dissociation
Two emergency responses to trauma: Hyper-Arousal or Dissociation
  • Fight or flight
  • Fear – Terror
  • Adrenal System increases
  • Heart/Blood pressure system increase
  • Serotonin decreases
  • Cognitive Process hyper
  • Respiration increases
  • Adult male response – aggression
  • Potential homicide
dissociation
Dissociation
  • Defeat – surrender
  • Numbing – dissociation
  • Freezing feelings – Compliant
  • Fainting
  • Heart Rate decreases
  • Sensory alterations
  • Muscles go numb
  • Passive
  • Potential suicide
possible responses
Denial

Trauma remains unconscious and is subject to triggers where the trauma is stored – the place where the brain wants stimulations

Drugs, Sex, Violence

Reward > addictions

Healing

Begins by reflecting on the symptoms and the traumatic event

A supportive environment that takes serious the reality of trauma

Prayer

Possible Responses
process of trauma 35 of symptoms on regular basis indicates presence of trauma
Shock

Numbness

Denial/Disconnected

Reoccurring anxiety

Nightmares

Changes in appetite

Trouble sleeping

Shame/Guilt

Being on edge

Despair/Hopeless

Easily startled

Low energy/depressing

Constantly busy

Memory Problems

Overly Alert/Agitated

Unable to focus

Resentful

Difficulty making decisions

Spontaneous crying

Over-protective of loved ones

Process of Trauma35% of symptoms on regular basis indicates presence of Trauma
healing process16
Healing Process
  • You need to
  • Name the trauma
  • Claim the trauma
  • Tame the trauma
recommendation
Recommendation
  • Goal: Each Sudanese Community in the US have a trauma healing workshop
  • Each project proposal include funds for a trauma healing workshop for the principle participants in the Sudan