When Trauma Visits the Struggle Begins

Inforgram on surviving trauma

I made the above Infogram to give people a quick understanding of trauma and its after effects.  I am somewhat of an expert in dealing with trauma for I lived and worked in New York City before, during, and after the Twin Towers fell. I was the mental health director of mobile crisis teams whose main purpose was to keep people from committing suicide or murder. My teams worked primarily with families and children.

Our team was also located in the most poverty ridden and violent sections of the South Bronx. I have lectured here and abroad about what is needed to combat the ill effects of trauma.

Emotional Fitness Tips

Tip one; Read the above. Knowledge is power.

Tip two: Understand that trauma starts  pumping two chemicals  designed to keep you safe into your body. First you are numbed so you can endure the fear and pain.  Secondly, your adrenaline is increased into so you are strong enough to fight or flee.

Danger exists in this action because the numbness interferes with clear thinking and you might fight when it would be better to run or run when it might be better to fight. Even taking a few moments  to think before acting keeps you safer.

Tip three: You might suffer from the trauma even when the traumatizing event is long past. Severe traumas change your brain  so that you are both more numbed to danger and at the same time more likely to act without thinking when the danger overcomes the numbing. The mental health experts call that Post Traumatic  Stress Syndrome

Tip four: The stronger you are emotionally, the more you are buffered against the long-lasting effect of trauma. Why I developed Emotional Fitness Training and its Twelve Easy Emotional Fitness Exercises.  Get in the habit of practicing them daily.

12 Easy Emotional Fitness Exerciises

Think of buy this book Twelve Easy Emotional Fitness Exercises for more information about these exercises. The book makes a good gift for anyone stressed or dealing with trauma. It costs less than a latte and has a longer lasting impact.

Thank You for All You Do

Thank me by remembering to share  is to care; if you liked this post, share it. Liking, or commenting also keep matter as your caring keeps me going.


This post was inspired by the traumatic shooting in Ordando, but also fits in with Word Press’  Daily Post Prompt “Struggle” for letting me pontificate. I use the Daily Prompts not just to spark my blog ideas, but to improve my critical thinking skills.  You can do the same.

Not sure about how to use a Daily Post Prompt as a writer?  Here are the steps to get started. Then improve your thinking skills by seeing where the prompt has led others and how other thoughts fuel  your thoughts. Whether you write or not your thinking skills are improved by reading other people’s thoughts.


These links are for those not familiar with Emotional Intelligence or the idea of Emotional Fitness.

Emotional Intelligence (en.wikipedia.org)
The five components of Emotional Intelligence (www.sonoma.edu)
Emotional Fitness Tips for Parents  (parentsarepeopletoo.com)
An Emotional Fitness Program for Parents(amazon.com)


  1. Thank you so much for writing this post, Katherine — and thank you also for the important but difficult work you’ve done with trauma survivors in NYC. Hats off to you for helping others in such a tangible way!

    One of the things I liked most about your post is that it’s empowering. You provide a process through which an individual help care for themselves and help promote healing. It’s a much more hopeful message than I usually see about trauma, in which affected individuals are painted as permanently “damaged.” (I think it’s an important distinction that you call them permanently “changed.” That’s brilliant.)

    Thank you again!

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