Those who are exposed to trauma and stress on a regular or incessant basis often have limited skills to cope with such a situation in Broomfield, Colorado.

Any individual who spends excessive time exposed to threats to their very surival is at risk of developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It could be said that PTSD (simply put) is the inability of an organism to release the sympathetic (“fight or flight”) nervous system. People with PTSD often display the following symptoms:

1. Hypervigilance. Always expecting trouble, or to be attacked. These people often refuse to sit indoors with their backs to a door, fearing that an assailant will enter at any time. Also they can react defensively to people they perceive as authoritative (even yoga teachers).

2. Re-experiencing of the event, either through conscious recollections or nightmares. People with PTSD often “replay” the traumatic event in their minds. Sometimes their bodies store memories of these events, which presents with postural problems such as hyperkyphosis (rounded thoracic spine or “hunchback,” in order to protect the vital organs). In more extreme cases, the chest appears “caved in” as the shoulders round forward to protect the thoracic cavity.

3. Intense psychological distress upon exposure to “triggers” from the external world. The example I had explained to me involved somebody who had been sexually assaulted at a bar that was frequented by military personnel. This person could be triggered by the smell of alcohol; walking past the bar where the assault had been initiated; anything involving the military or firearms; even by an intimate situation.

4. Any compromise of the parasympathetic nervous system, which presents as difficulty with sleeping, irritability, outbursts of anger, and difficulty with concentration. Often these people have an exaggerated startle response. Do NOT sneak up behind them.

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