Trauma becomes physical symptoms
When people are chronically angry or frightened, the constant muscle tension eventually leads to cramps, back pain, migraines, fibromyalgia, and other types of pain.
Other common conditions that often have no clear physical cause include chronic neck pain, digestive problems, spastic colon/irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue, and some forms of asthma. Traumatized children have a fifty-fold higher rate of asthma than their non-traumatized peers.
These individuals may visit multiple specialists, undergo extensive diagnostic testing, and be prescribed medications. These measures may provide temporary relief, but none of them treat the underlying cause.
Another common symptom is alexithymia, in which a person reports feeling physically uncomfortable without being able to describe exactly what the problem is. This comes from self-numbing, which prevents them from responding to their body’s ordinary needs in a calm, mindful way – moving in their chair, stretching, drinking water, or going for a walk, for example.
If you are not aware of what your body needs, you will not be able to take care of it. If you don’t feel hunger, you won’t be able to nourish yourself. If you mistake anxiety for hunger, you may be eating too much. And if you don’t feel satiated, you will continue to eat.