‘Trauma Drive’ Explains Why a Loss of Motivation May Just Be Sign of Healing

Revealing The Mechanism Of Trauma-Induced Anxiety

Memories of traumatic events such as accidents, natural disasters, sexual violence, and war can continue to haunt a person even when the events have long since passed.

To understand how a drug works, researchers need to first figure out the underlying mechanism of a disease in the body.

This could lead to mental health issues such as anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in some people. While there are medications that can help alleviate some of the symptoms, the drugs may not be helpful in effectively managing trauma-induced anxiety. To tackle that problem, some scientists in Japan have been looking into this issue. They previously discovered a synthesized opioid compound that can reduce trauma-induced anxiety in mice. The same researchers have now discerned a likely mechanism of how the opioid works and the biochemical pathway involved in trauma-induced anxiety response. They published their findings in Frontiers in Behavioural Science…READ ON

‘Trauma Drive’ Explains Why a Loss of Motivation May Just Be Sign of Healing

Past trauma we’ve experienced affects so many things we do and how we live our lives. The body physically holds on to trauma, for instance. Trauma can lead to over-explaining yourself to avoid conflict (also known as fawning) or trauma bonding relationships. It even increases our sense of motivation. This is referred to as trauma drive.

So, it’s not that your motivation has decreased, but rather your body is no longer operating in panic mode. From there, you can find motivation for an authentic and more empowered place rather than being driven by fear of past trauma repeating itself. 

While, on the surface, boosted motivation may seem like a positive thing (more motivation = good, right?), Joanne Frederick, PhD, LPC, a licensed mental health counselor, says it’s not a healthy or sustainable way of operating. Why? The motivation behind trauma drive comes from a place of fear rather than authenticity. So, if you’ve felt like you’ve lost your urge to power through and get things done, it’s not a sign that you’ve lost your mojo but that you’re most likely healing…READ ON

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