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trauma en stress

Ongoing stress means that your system is 'ON' or on 'OFF" all the time.
This can lead to a disbalance at a mental, emotional and physical level.

Being on 'ON' all the time can have the next symptoms:


  • Restlessnes

  • Insomnia

  • A lot of thinking

  • Panic and anxiety

  • High bloodpressure

  • Hyper-vigilant

  • Overactive

  • Constantly looking for satisfaction

  • Irritable in a quick manner

  • An overly full ‘to do’ list 

Being on 'OFF' all the time can have the next symptoms:


  • Depression

  • Not knowing what you feel

  • Numbness

  • Dissociation

  • Not fully present, a sense of floating

  • Low blood pressure

  • Tiredness, fatigue

  • Not with two feet on earth

  • A feeling of hopelessness and despair

Furthermore there are two kinds of stress related to mentioned above:

1. Ongoing stress for a longer period of time

This often has to do with how you grew up.
Especially the period from the womb till around six years old.
Another word for this kind of stress is developmental trauma.

We all have 5 core needs:


- Connection with yourself and others

- Being able to express needs

- Having trust, being able to be volunarable and ask for help

- Autonomy, being able to set clear borders

- Love and sexuality, healthy relationships

When these core needs are not properly addressed by our caregivers at young age then our basic needs cannot move freely. Problems can then arise in feeling connection with ourselves and others. A feeling of mistrust and insecurity can arise, we cannot express our needs or are unable to set clear boundaries. Our love life can get confused because we don't experience a healthy love-sexuality connection. 

2. Sudden stress 

This happens with events that were to fast, to sudden, so that you couldn't react to it adequately.  ​
Another word for this kind of stress is shocktrauma.


Examples are:

  • Sudden loss of a loved one

  • Rape and assault

  • Incest

  • Car accidents

  • Injuries due to an accident or a fall, Whiplash

  • Dramatic, overwhelming life changes

  • Surgical procedures

  • War trauma and experiences during natural disasters

  • Sadness - depression

  • Consequences of eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder)

  • PTSD 

  • Witness and / or victim of violence

  • Emotional neglect

  • Drowning

  • Anesthesia

All these forms of stress can also cause physical and psychological complaints such as:

  • Fatigue

  • Fybromyalgia

  • High bloodpressure

  • Low bloodpressure

  • Irritable bowel syndrome

  • Pain complaints

  • Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder

  • Back pain

  • Syndromes

  • Burn-out

  • Sleeplesness

  • Chronische diseases

  • Anxiety and panic attacks

  • Depression

  • Manic depression, Bipolar

  • Tantrums

The above is a selection from a wide range of complaints

But then what is healthy stress ?

With healthy stress you can adequately respond to stressfull situations and also to what happens inside so that the peak level of your nervous system ('on' or 'off') quickly returns to a healthy balance. So you can take action when necessary. And then quickly return to a state of rest, homeostasis and coherence. You are resilient.

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