Trauma is Strange

Trauma is Really Strange by Steve Haines (Author), Sophie Standing (Illustrator) is a pretty cool little book a very dear friend of mine found to better understand what it is I go through. Instead of it being an overly complicated book that explores all the different facets of trauma, it focuses mainly on what occurs in the body during a trigger and how to best help someone through a flashback.

Because people who suffer from trauma can seem to do strange things sometimes, that are perfectly understandable given what their bodies are going though.But we might not always be able to explain it to others clearly. It can be hard to explain what's happening when you are seeing it from the inside and there's a tornado going on that you are fighting. This little books explains things simply, without getting into a lot of overwhelming information that can bog someone's understanding down. It does so, with some impressive images that can put visuals on some terms that could be obscure, like dissociation, with is a big one for (c)PTSD.

Here's the book's description from Amazon:

"What is trauma? How does it change the way our brains work? And how can we overcome it?When something traumatic happens to us, we dissociate and our bodies shut down their normal processes. This unique comic explains the strange nature of trauma and how it confuses the brain and affects the body. With wonderful artwork, cat and mouse metaphors, essential scientific facts, and a healthy dose of wit, the narrator reveals how trauma resolution involves changing the body's physiology and describes techniques that can achieve this, including Trauma Releasing Exercises that allow the body to shake away tension, safely releasing deep muscular patterns of stress and trauma."

The same author & illustrator created another booklet on pain, that explains the different types of pain and how they occur/develop, and discusses how the nervous system plays an important role in pain.

I've added them both to the Resource list.

My friend found these all on his own, which is pretty impressive, I think!!!

But, they'd be great books to have for yourself or on hand to help others better understand what you are going through if you suffer from trauma or pain. They do so in a more light-hearted manner than most books on trauma, which can help to break the ice of discussing a difficult subject.

I am grateful for good friends,

and their efforts to truly see all of me.

I am grateful for their acceptance

and their love that heals me.

I am grateful for their patience and

all the ways they show up to love me

You are my greatest teachers,

by your very own being

Showing me how to navigate

the scary waters of love and compassion

and how to be a good friend in return

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Painted Pinecone is a glimpse into my healing journey with Complex PTSD, Chronic Myofascial Pain, & Fibromyalgia.


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