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Anxiety can often be a direct result of unresolved trauma. Traumatic experiences can leave an individual in a prolonged state of hyperarousal, where the brain and body are constantly on alert for danger. This state can evolve into generalized anxiety, panic attacks, or specific phobias, which are essentially the brain’s ongoing attempts to protect the individual from perceived threats, often linked back to the original traumatic events.


Depression can stem from unhealed trauma, leading individuals to feel overwhelming emotions or disconnectedness. This emotional dysregulation results in symptoms like persistent sadness, loss of interest in activities, and hopelessness—reflecting the despair and helplessness of traumatic experiences, which continue to impact emotional health if unresolved.


Five symptoms you might have unresolved trauma:


Loss of interest in activities, emotional detachment, numbness, and difficulty expressing positive emotions.

Reactive Mood

Increased irritability, hypervigilance, exaggerated startle response, and difficulty sleeping and concentrating.

Negative Mood

Persistent negative thoughts, feelings of hopelessness, memory issues, and trouble with close relationships.

Avoidance Behavior

Actively avoiding places, people, or activities that remind them of the trauma, which can limit personal and social functioning.

Intrusive Memories

Regularly experiencing vivid, intrusive memories or flashbacks of a traumatic event that disrupt daily life.

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Healing Trauma

As a licensed therapist and the founder of Makepeace Therapy, I have dedicated over 10 years to helping individuals navigate the complexities of trauma. Throughout my career, I've seen the profound impact therapy can have in addressing the deep-rooted effects of trauma that disrupt lives. I am deeply committed to this work because it enables a transformative journey toward uncovering the origins of trauma, altering harmful patterns, and making crucial changes that lead to healing and empowerment. Trauma affects each of us differently, carving unique paths of distress and recovery. You deserve to find peace and reclaim your power!

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I Was Suffering: Parenting PTSD | Abigail Makepeace | TEDxSantaCruz

I Was Suffering: Parenting PTSD | Abigail Makepeace | TEDxSantaCruz

This TEDxSantaCruz talk is part of 22 surrounding our theme of “the Art of Hope.” Defined as the anticipation of something desired happening, hope is ferocious, persistent, necessary; hope is a powerful force for invention, change, and social justice. To hope is to be human. Our fifth TEDxSantaCruz event was held on December 7, 2019, at the Rio Theatre in Santa Cruz, CA. Abigail Makepeace is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, the founder of Makepeace Therapy, a writer, and a thought leader in trauma’s impact on relationships. She has a private practice in Los Angeles, where she works with couples and individuals to help them discover the root causes of unwanted patterns and destructive behaviors. Through these revelations, she empowers her clients towards the path of forgiveness and healing and helps them break these habits so that they can live more fulfilled, healthy, and joyful lives. Treating past trauma, which presents as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is a large portion of her practice. Abigail is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and incorporates this somatic treatment to help clients suffering from PTSD. She believes healing is possible for everyone and that one changed life contributes to changing the world. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
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