I recently started taking yoga classes as advised by my therapist. I’m a survivor of sexual abuse trauma, and have been diagnosed with Dissociation Identity Disorder (DID). I experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with flashbacks, anxiety, and depression.
As of now, I am still coping with emergence of old memories just as veterans do with their flashback with war trauma. Reliving these memories may cause depression, anxiety, and panic attacks. The shock and fear that runs through one’s mind can be devastating. There are also physical symptoms to deal with, especially during panic attacks. These include light-headedness, dizziness, headaches, elevated heart rate, and palpitations. During such panic attacks, many people go to the hospital thinking that they are having a heart attack or breathing difficulties.
As I discovered while practicing Yoga, it keeps me focused in the here and now and keeps me aware of my body instead of dissociating. The process of dissociating can make one feel dizzy, light-headed and disoriented – almost like leaving your body. This is accompanied by shock and fear. Yoga helps me maintain my focus in the moment instead of reliving a past memory at some distant time and place.
by Mary Husowech
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