Overload

Shock

Category: Illness or disabilities

Type

Involuntary

Introduction and description

Emotional Shock is somewhat similar to Psychological trauma, the shock comes first, the trauma comes later, as such they are often treated together in medical text books.

Shock (also called acute stress disorder or  mental shock) is a psychological condition arising in response to a terrifying or traumatic event. It is not the same as the  circulatory condition of shock.  Shock is the result of a traumatic event in which the person experiences or witnesses an event that causes the victim/witness to experience extreme fear or stress, and that involves or threatens serious injury, perceived serious injury or death to themselves or someone else. Acute stress reaction is the mind's and body's response to feelings (both perceived and real) of intense helplessness.

Very specific physiological effects occur from shock and they are extreme enough in some circumstances to produce spiritual experiences of a very profound nature – out of body experiences are not uncommon.

Symptoms

 

The Sympathetic nervous system is affected, both directly and indirectly, through the release of epinephrine and to a lesser extent norepinephrine from the adrenal glands. "Catecholamine hormones facilitate immediate physical reactions by triggering increases in heart rate and breathing, constricting blood vessels in many parts of the body—but not in muscles (vasodilation), brain, lungs, and heart—and tightening muscles". The flight or fight response.

Unfortunately the body releases a flood of epinephrine and norepinephrine.  Thus the effect is much the same as an overdose of drugs.

The symptoms typically include an initial state of "daze", with some constriction of the field of consciousness and narrowing of attention, inability to comprehend stimuli, and disorientation.

This state may be quickly followed by either further withdrawal from the surrounding situation (to the extent of a dissociative stupor), or by agitation and overactivity, anxiety, impaired judgement, and confusion. Autonomic signs such as tachycardia, sweating, and flushing are also commonly present.  There may be dissociative amnesia.

Thus physically shock produces an overdose of two endogenous neurotransmitters and it is this overdose that is key.

Endocrinology of shock - Woolf PD
The development of shock initiates a cascade of responses in an effort to reestablish homeostasis. Three of the most important hormonal and neurohumoral changes are the secretion of glucocorticoids, catecholamines, and vasopressin.  Regulation of adrenal function is much more complex than originally thought. ………….. Norepinephrine and epinephrine levels increase many fold above baseline within minutes of the onset of ….. shock. ………… The levels reached are far in excess of those required to cause both cardiovascular and metabolic alterations.  Because of the presence of the endogenous opiates leucine and methionine enkephalin in the neurosecretory granule, it is very likely that the enkephalins are coreleased with the catecholamines, modifying their cardiovascular effects and producing analgesia…………..Vasopressin also is released by pain, nausea, and hypoxia, all of which are likely to be present in the patient with shock.

Treatment

Poster for the Hungarian Red Cross

The observations show any medical papers or other examples I have found that have helped with the Treatment of shock.

Doctors will tend to prescribe pharmaceuticals, however, healers will tend to concentrate on those activities that help to calm the system naturally. 

For more information see Healing yourself.

 

 

How it works

Physically, as we can see a whole host of potential mechanisms can be found which may contribute to the cause of any spiritul experience, but functionally what is being produced is extraordinarily high emotion – emotion so high it is almost off the scale in intensity

It may be helpful now to have open the Model of spiritual experience and to have read How spiritual experience works.

When we are in shock, the child in us is crying out with pain – the subconscious child.  And the intensity of emotion blots everything else out – absolutely everything – Reason, logic, Desires and objectives, obligations and opportunities.   Nothing is left except the vast sea of emotional PAIN PAIN PAIN so hard you think it will kill you.

And the Will is overwhelmed. It is somewhat difficult to show this diagramatically, so what you can see on the diagram below is the high intensity and overwhelming input from the functions of the emotions and all the bodily systems which overload the direction system, but have the overall effec of totally incapacitating both the reason function and the Will.  We 'can't think straight', we lose the ability to decide.  The Will has nothing in its armoury to deal with what is happening – no learnt function - and the sheer intensity of the input tends to paralyse any form of instantaneous learning.

So the Will gives in and the Composer takes over.   And we get our spiritual experience.

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