The Four Most Common Feelings of Trauma Survivors

The Four Most Common Feelings of Trauma Survivors
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Module 1
Recorded on: 2024-05-14
Unit 1 Presentation Materials: The Four Most Common Feelings of Trauma Survivors
Unit 2 Transcript: The Four Most Common Feelings of Trauma Survivors
Unit 3 Workbook: The Four Most Common Feelings of Trauma Survivors
Unit 4 Recording: The Four Most Common Feelings of Trauma Survivors

Anger, fear, guilt, and depression – these are the four emotions that people who have experienced trauma grapple with. This webinar provides the origins, manifestations, and consequences of each one and strategies to manage these.

Leading the conversation is Duane Bowers, a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Wellness Consultant, Presenter, Author, and Reiki Master. His specialty is helping those exposed to trauma – this includes victims, co-victims, and professionals who are subjected to direct and vicarious trauma such as those working as first responders and in helping professions.

Specifics of his presentation centered on:

  • An overview of the limbic brain, particularly the amygdala, its responsibility, and how it triggers human response to different stimuli, including trauma.
  • How anger arises, what it protects us from, and how it is inherent to humans and cannot be rid of but merely managed.
  • How exposure to trauma, particularly during childhood often leads to reliance on anger and fear for emotional regulation.
  • Anger management techniques that help recognize and mitigate physiological anger responses.
  • Fear: What it is induced by, what human behavior it leads to, and the different ways that fear manifests.
  • Anxiety: How it happens as a result of fear, how it differs from stress based on the source, focus and mental load required, where it springs from, and how to manage it.
  • Cortisol – how it leads to anger and fear and easily implementable tactics to reduce cortisol by countering it with endorphins.
  • What is guilt, how it is one of the most primal human emotions, how it occur adjacent to trauma, and how it can be legitimate or manifest as a defense mechanism or a means of control.
  • The concept of irrational guilt, what it looks like, the benefits of not addressing it immediately, and why it must be addressed gradually.
  • Depression, its association with PTSD, and how an individual’s relationship with their trauma impacts the symptoms of depression and PTSD.
  • Effective treatment for trauma-related depression which involves addressing PTSD symptoms first rather than treating depression in isolation.
  • Strategies to manage the trauma-driven feelings of anger, fear, guilt, and depression through…
    • Fostering a sense of hope by releasing serotonin through prayer, meditation, mantra, humor, mindfulness, spirituality, and a sense of purpose, progress, and meaning.
    • Developing a sense of future by creating a specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-based plan that alleviates fear and provides a sense of control and achievement.
    • Activating the pre-frontal cortex to counter amygdala takeover through mindfulness activities.
    • Mindfulness activities that motivate individuals to focus on the present like exercise, breathwork, awareness, and laughter.

Questions from the webinar attendees are about:

  • When it is best to employ hope as an intervention.
  • Getting demotivated individuals to buy in on planning for the future and developing hope.
  • Effectively managing, but not controlling, emotions.
  • Mindfulness activities for kids and adults.
  • The tendency for emotions to be misaligned with actions.
  • The impact of substance abuse on emotions.
  • The dynamics between fear and anxiety.
  • The link between cortisol and adrenaline.

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Audience Comments

  • “I always find these webinars to be full of good information presented in an engaging way.”
  • “Great all around, well presented, great energy and knowledge.”
  • “The tips for helping with the emotions related to trauma were SO helpful.”
  • “The instructor was easy to understand and follow!”
  • “I have attended many webinars and trainings with similar information but felt that this was the best that I have seen. What I appreciated most was the vulnerability of the speaker sharing his own personal sobriety journey. The other aspect of this webinar that I felt stood above the rest was including practices when those feelings arise not just teaching about them. It was clear, well-paced, organized, and engaging. I really enjoyed this and look forward to the 3 other webinars that I have scheduled for.”
  • “The training was very insightful regarding realistic approaches that can help decrease anxiety among other stressors and promote a more optimistic approach towards reality.”
  • “Excellent webinar – thank you I appreciated his insight into guilt and depression. That was really useful for me and the clients that I am working with.”
  • “I really enjoyed this webinar it was very informative and useful for my criteria in my work schedule, looking forward to more webinars.”
  • “Being someone who has experienced trauma due to some significant recent losses and other things, the information provided really made sense and is very accurate. It confirmed for me that what I am personally feeling is not something I am alone in, and I think it will help me personally in moving forward as well as helping others through my work. Thank you!”
  • “I have heard Duane prior and he is just as good now as he was then. A true wealth of knowledge for sure. Yes, he needs to be on again, maybe just do a webinar on anxiety and depression or depression and PTSD.” –Gene



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