There’s a new definition of trauma.
Trauma is not seen as a single event anymore. Trauma is what happens inside the body when there is stress, a potential threat, or actual threat.
Trauma stresses the nervous system, overwhelms your physiology, and shuts down metabolism in a millisecond.
After the traumatic moment, the overwhelm and stress [inside the body] stays on.
Dr. Aimie Apigian, MD, MS ,MPH, knows the trauma response well and how it affects both children and adults. She is a Board-Certified Preventive Medicine physician and the founder of the online summit, The Biology of Trauma.
Dr. Aimie adopted a 4-year-old boy, Miguel from the foster care system during medical school. He had experienced neglect, abuse, and instability since he was born – and he ultimately challenged every aspect of her thinking, medical training, and even spiritual beliefs.
Her firsthand experience gave her insight on how a child with a trauma background can flip in a moment from irritated to “not ok!” to raging.
To find relief, she studied trauma, neurobiology, attachment disorders and inflammatory illnesses. Dr. Aimie found that when you improve the underlying biology of trauma, health and wholeness becomes possible.
Both for her kid and herself.
See, Dr. Aimie needed a solution to her own fatigue, depression, and autoimmune disease that developed.
So, she applied what she learned about the biology of trauma to help her own mind and body beyond what conventional medicine offered.
Are you intrigued? 🙂
Listen in on the conversation Dr. Aimie and I recently had on the Biology of Trauma here [runtime 19 minutes].
Even the most challenging of cases can achieve a better level of health.
There is hope. And you can experience improved health and wholeness too, no matter if you have experienced “Big T” or “Little t” trauma.
Listen to the conversation, it’s worth your time!
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P.S. Dr. Aimie has a free PDF on Steps to Identify and Heal Trauma here. Learn about strategies to release the imprint left behind after challenging experiences and get a seat in her Biology of Trauma 2.0 online summit that runs August 8-14.
Continuing education, advanced training, and parent coach certification for professionals who support intense kids and their families. View my mental health Ted Talk on helping families heal from stress here.