How to prepare a traumatic timeline:
As part of treatment, the patient is asked to create a traumatic timeline for their life. All traumas should be in chronological order starting with the most recent traumas first.
The timeline should consist of both physical and emotional traumas.
Physical traumas include: medical procedures such as surgeries, vaccines, broken bones, X-rays, sonograms, EEG's, MRI's, Cat scans, car accidents, dental work, drug use--prescription and recreational, hormones (birth control pills), physical abuse, birth trauma, traumas to your mother while she was pregnant with you (sonograms, vaccines she received while pregnant), etc.
Emotional traumas include: death of family, friends and pets, divorce, loss of job, traumatic life changes, emotional abuse.
Any trauma that included feelings of :
* grief, abandonment, sadness, loss, betrayal, holding on to past hurts
* anger, resentment, humiliation, indignation, victimization, violation
* fear, terror, shock
* jealousy, envy, suspicion, shame, self-blame, self-persecution, sensations of not being good enough, a lesser person.
(Some emotional traumas may include one or more of these emotions.)
Patient Timeline Example:
Nov. 2011: Gallbladder surgery, pain medication, feelings of fear
Oct. 2011: X-ray
Jun. 2011: Death of grandmother--feeling of sadness and grief
Jan. 2010: Amoxicillin for sinus infection
Feb. 2009: Lost job, feeling of humiliation, not feeling good enough
Mar. 2008: Slipped on ice, broke collar bone, pain medication, feelings of shock
May 2006: dental X-rays, 2 fillings-mercury, novocaine
Jun. 2005: Divorced--feelings of anger, betrayal, sadness, shock
Feb. 2005: Surgery, pain medication, IV, inhaled anesthesia, feelings of fear
Apr. 2004: Tetnus shot, cut hand with a piece of glass, stitches
Jul. 2000: Flu shot
The easiest way to prepare the timeline is to ask your doctor/dentist for copies of all of your records. Pharmacies have a printable history of prescription medications that have been dispensed. Insurance companies also have printable records of all procedures, doctor visits and prescriptions they have covered.