The intensity and how we tolerate emotions is directly related to the depth, ease, balance and flow of our breathing. Restrictive breathing patterns support our subconscious defense systems by stuffing down unpleasant emotions – so is it any wonder that when we are dealing post-traumatic stress, constricted breathing becomes the norm?
When it has become the norm, even if not a constant, it makes getting in touch with pleasant emotions quite difficult. Try holding your breath and imagining intense happiness. It is impossible.
The word “Disorder” was deliberately omitted from the title. Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) is enough to deal with, without dealing with the stigma and emotional discomfort the word creates. Aren’t people dealing with PTS already uncomfortable enough? And whether the D is “officially” there or not, both deserve and require the same attention.
In spite of all the research done, myths and misconceptions are rampant among those with PTS, their loved ones and the general public. Here are few of the more frequently encountered, during the course of more than 15 years of first hand ex...