Unwelcome Memories? We call it IHS…

Here’s a brief introduction to Invasive History Syndrome, but the chances are YOU can tell US about it…

It’s what it says on the tin – when memories, thoughts, bad experiences, pain from the past (your history) invade your present and threaten your future.

Typically, you can be carrying on as usual when someone says or does something and the emotions and remembrances of something in your history – a comparatively minor childhood trauma, a bad experience when you were 13, the rejection of a failed relationship, an unkind word spoken in jest – simply invade you.  It sweeps in, carrying all before it, like a tidal wave, so that you can think of little (or nothing) else. It may take hours, days or weeks to get over it, for your thinking to settle down and the pain (it is usually pain, though it can be other emotions too) finally subsides and you can carry on. 

Invasive History Syndrome is a killer of healthy living, can affect the children, friends, partner, and other members of your family and social group, and exhausts you. You may need to sit down, go to bed early, or take a shower. You may need space. Or you may just take another tablet.  Invasive History Syndrome has struck yet again.  However tough you may be, you may feel profoundly intimidated by its power and end up shaky – and fearful for next time. It is associated with guilt, abuse, PTSD, insecurity and inadequacy, eating and sleeping disorders, and depression – and can sometimes be a strong, usually negative, motivational driver of unwanted behaviours like anger and violence.

But IHS may not be overwhelming.  It may be much more subtle, just appearing above the surface like the Loch Ness Monster for a few minutes when you least expect it, and subside, leaving you wondering, without clarity or closure, awake at 4.00am. “Where did THAT come from? Will it be back?”

IHS can be treated very successfully. We’ve experience in clearing up both the initial memories and the fallout. In fact it can be completely sorted for the most part. Gone. Finished. Most of the people who arrive at Powerchange for coaching come with some elements of IHS as a feature of their experience, and go away in charge of their life and future again.

Most people want their life sorted, not distorted – however subtly – by history invading the priceless quiet spaces of their day or night.  We suspect you do too.