“New problems bring up old pain.”
A friend of mine went to New Orleans shortly after Hurricane Katrina flooded the city. He went to help work with the victims who had been traumaitzed. Surprisingly, he spent more time talking with individuals about fears from traumas from years past instead of the new trauma.
When our coping mechanisms become overwhelmed, we are unable to continue to regulate, or keep in check, all the hurts and pains in our lives. All the stuff comes flooding back demanding to be dealt with. It’s important to get our work done as soon as possible so we don’t have to carry more than we’re capable of.