“I wonder if something important happened around here?”

Part of an occasional series about phrases that this therapist finds himself repeating, often.

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Trauma does happen at a particular time and place.

Our brain’s system of protection works to remember places where we have been hurt in order to protect us.

Our brain is protecting us from a perceived threat.

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Just as much as a trauma or loss was situated in a particular place, it can also be located to a specific time. When our brain perceives that time drawing near, we react to that trauma again.

This is why some of us tend to have difficulties at particular times of the year. We would do well to sit back and wonder “if something important happened around here”.

Prepare.

Be easy on yourself.

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Honor the pain.

Know that this is a point in time; time does move on.

audio from Anchor.fm

clinical social worker, spiritual director, author, husband, father, son, runner in Georgia, co-author of When Anxiety Strikes from Kregel Publications.

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