Traumatic Resilience

Christel B. D’Agostino, MSW, LCSW-R, CtH


War trauma and PTSD may be masked, behind numbness, hidden in the subconscious, camouflaged as resilience in the brave minds of our veterans. Yet, if left untreated, it may settle in the physical body and manifest itself as disease.


The Universities of  Zurich and Leipzig conducted surveys of 2,400 German men and women of all age groups. According to the result it was estimated that roughly 1.8 million Germans had been affected by serious war trauma (WWII).

In particular, the 60-to-95 year old age group [war and post war survivors] had three times as often PTSD than the younger people.


Panic attacks, lasting a few minutes, would be triggered by sirens of by-passing fire-trucks  which to these elderly was the signal for impending aerial bomb attacks. Others had flashbacks of losing loved ones.


Another survey studied the post traumatic effects of 27 German women, raped by soldiers at the end of World War II. 30% still had partial PTSD, while 19% suffered from full PTSD.


Research of an elderly group of holocaust survivors in Israel showed that what was previously thought to be loneliness was actually PTSD.


A survey of 123 Holocaust survivors conducted by the University of Toronto found that 58 individuals still suffered from PTSD symptoms, i.e. nightmares, insomnia, extreme suspicion of others, avoidance of situations that might trigger past traumas.


In the above study researchers had concluded that either the survivors had  avoided psychotherapy since they did not want to relive trauma or that doctors did not want to solicit painful events.


This important research emphasizes the psychological challenges of trauma survivors. Reliable data may not have been available to trace physical illness back to war trauma.


The research of the University of California provides invaluable conclusions about war trauma and PTSD. Researchers had access to 15,000 Union Soldiers’ Civil War files transcribed electronically from the original records of the National Archives which confirmed the hypothesis that resilience in the short-term may result in physicial illness years later.


It is hoped that future studies will be based on interdisciplinary approaches to gain deeper insight into the intricate interplay between mind, body and our vibrational system.


During and after a traumatic event resilience is necessary for survival. Any emotional remnants of trauma, hidden in the subconscious, might foster PTSD and interfere with future self-expression. A healthy heart, mind and soul can easily be attained through the Universal Vibrational Therapy TM.


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