Living with the Effects of Trauma

In 2012, I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, chronic and Major depression, chronic. I was working, as an Addiction Therapist at the Hampton VA Medical Center, Residential Drug and Alcohol Program (DAP), at that time.

My ability to sort things out was complicated because Mada’s health took a turn for the worst and was hospitalized, my sister France had died several years ago (was home bound, family took care of her at home, enormously stressful), and my relationship with my older sister started to become estranged.

I attended a 8-week veteran women’s group for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the group leader had information on Mindfulness. She demonstrated, how the material can be helpful with changing your thoughts, and how to manage negative information for positive change. In the material on Mindfulness, there was a lot of resource information which was valuable. I started to browse the internet looking for more material on Mindfulness. I realized, the veteran women’s group had helped me relax and started to briefly support me staying in present moments with reduced distressing thoughts.

Somehow, I came across Mantra Sacred Words of Power be Thomas Ashley-Farrand. I listened to his material and felt an impact, instantly. It was awesome. I ordered anything and everything with his name on it. Listening to his tapes and reading his books and attending the veteran women’s group guided me to move to a spiritual mode of living to present day. At this time, I no longer attend the veteran women’s group however I continued using information from Thomas Ashley-Farrand.

Out frustration, I developed a Holistic Coaching program which is a facilitator for understanding yourself better while undergoing an experience that can be perceive as overwhelming through the use of Sanskrit Mantra and Chakras. I have used Sanskrit mantra techniques in the past with clients many times as a meditation source which helped them reconnect with their inner-self for balance and steadiness.

What I recently learned was when I experienced the traumatic incident. My brain was injured. The physiology effect on my brain (see picture below) is where the injury took place. Yes, it is an injury, like any other injury to the body. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a Brain injury.




According to, Trauma is the result of overloading the emotional circuits in the brain’s control center. Chronic traumatic effects follow overloads that damage the brain, development, wiring, chemistry and structure. Some of this damage is immediate but most of it happens in the 48 hours following the traumatic event when the injured person is not able to return to joy and quiet, either because they have not developed the capacity (immature or underdeveloped nervous system) or because no one will share their pain with them.




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