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Overcoming Trauma: Lessons from Coronavirus and Beyond

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Overcoming Trauma: Lessons from Coronavirus and Beyond

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Jun 15, 2020


This is one of the most valuable books you'll get in the world!


   Whether you're normally coping with the traumatic stress or already experiencing the severe traumatic stress disorder of the pandemic, this book is for you.

   This is Dr. Angelo O. Subida, author of the book "OVERCOMING TRAUMA: LESSONS FROM CORONAVIRUS AND BEYOND."

   I am feeling tired of all the Coronavirus and the trauma it brings around me!

Hey … not just personally but globally.

   With the pandemic, millions of people do not really understand the kind of battle we're all in.

   The world is toxic and it is sick nowadays.

   So much negativity. Fear. Depression. Worry. Discouragement. Helplessness. Hopelessness.

   I hate watching the news, reading in social media, and even social distancing.

   I don't want to sound uncaring.

   I genuinely care for and love people. That's why I wrote this book!

   I feel for Tina, a Covid patient, who works as a nurse in Europe. She has seen me on FaceTime for psycho-trauma therapy.

   She's getting too angry and desperate, throwing and breaking things in her apartment, about to give up on life.

   She's lost about what truly matters and how she can rebound … regardless of her circumstances.

   She's not alone.

   We all need to heal ourselves … and the world.

   Presently, we're trying to place hope on so many things.

   Modern medicine, science, vaccine. Government aid. Economic stimulus packages. Social support. Philantrophy. Military and political power.

   Does it seem like all these have been tried to figure things out and yet nothing is enough to truly help?

   With all this going, realize that we all need to learn not to look to them to do more than they can deliver.

   Truth is, all of them can go only so far!

   That's because they still lack a most fundamental ingredient, which this book presents deeply, to make it work.

   The result is a society of lost, traumatized people. A lot of unnecessary suffering.

   In this book, you get 75 lessons plus many more to guide you to do so – psychologically, emotionally, physically, financially, relationally, spiritually, such as:

• understanding trauma

• emotional shock

• social distancing

• unemployment trauma

• reality surveillance

• goal setting and revising

• home quarantine or lockdown

• government aid/amelioration

• dealing with your emotions

• transcending disease and death

• money wounds

• tips to heal from psycho-trauma

• planning the future with life map

• maximizing the smallest experiences

• to-do tips when you have PTSD

• expert quotes from psychologists,

doctors, writers etc

• curative connection to the divine

• plus much more!

   Understanding the ins and outs of these is crucial!

   And the worst part?

   The more you don't understand, the less you will succeed to be back and move on from the present crisis to the future beyond Coronavirus.

   The costs of missing the lessons and insights you need are too high.

   This is the book that saves and heals ... and beyond!


Jun 15, 2020

Informazioni sull'autore

Dr. Angelo O. Subida is a psychotherapist, author, and speaker. He studied psychology, theology, and literature, which heavily influence his private practice. He has been featured in varied media as an expert in mental health and psycho-trauma recovery, including CNN, GMA7, ABS CBN, TV5, and UNTV. A former professor, newspaper journalist, and minister, he is author of other books, “Secrets of Your Self” and “God’s Inner Healing,” among others. He lives with his wife, Nhorie, in Manila, Philippines. They have five children, mostly adults. Dr. Subida can be found regularly in his web site

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Overcoming Trauma - Dr. Angelo O. Subida



Coronavirus is a traumatic event.

It’s not just personal trauma. But, also very much a global trauma and crisis.

Trauma is wound. It’s a sudden, intense emotional or physical (or both) event or series of events that harms a person experiencing it.

Webster’s Dictionary defines trauma as a painful emotional experience or shock, often producing a lasting psychic effect.

We all have had traumatic experiences. We can recognize the feeling of being traumatized or stressed by circumstances.

Especially with a high-stress, trauma-filled event such as the Coronavirus pandemic.

Can you overcome the trauma?

Well, the answer is yes.

But first, you need to make a differentiation between traumatic stress and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The two should not be confused.



Traumatic stress can be good to our well being.

It’s what can motivate us to stretch and grow ourselves - physically, mentally, emotionally, relationally, materially, and spiritually.

Coronavirus does take an emotional toll and cause traumatic stress.

It’s normal to feel intense shock, confusion, and fear. You may feel numb or overwhelmed by a host of conflicting emotions, sometimes all at once.

The emotional and physical effects of the Coronavirus trauma may not be limited to those who directly experience them.

It does happen that people also experience high traumatic stress due to daily news and social media coverage - horrific images of tragedy, suffering, and loss of lives from Coronavirus anywhere in the world.

Symptoms of traumatic stress especially at an early stage may include: shock, sadness or grief, fear, anxiety, irritability of moods, sleeplessness, rapid breathing, racing thoughts, trembling, among others.

Yet often, as time goes by, the disturbing thoughts and emotions of traumatic stress—as well as any physical symptoms—start to adapt and even fade gradually.

As unpleasant as the symptoms of traumatic stress can be, they tend to gradually improve over time.

This is especially so if you take steps to care for your emotional health in overcoming the trauma.



Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), on the other hand, is completely different.

The symptoms of traumatic stress and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) look very similar. This is especially so immediately following a disaster or catastrophe.

But they progress very differently.

In PTSD, you remain in worsening, open-ended psychological and emotional shock.

Your normal traumatic stress symptoms don’t decrease or ease up. They become prolonged in duration.

The nervous system gets stuck. This causes one to be unable to move on from a traumatic event or series of events.

Helplessness is a common symptom of prolonged suffering from the effects of trauma.

The sudden, continuing losses in life because of Coronavirus can leave many feeling helpless, depressed, and vulnerable.

Some people have manifestation of lingering anger. They may get angry at God, government, or others. Or, they could easily be prone to emotional outbursts, even violence.

Many times, those with PTSD have flare-ups. They’re usually in the form of uncontrollable thoughts, flashbacks, and avoidance of certain situations, or causing bad dreams and nightmares.

In PTSD, rather than improving or adapting and being healed, your traumatic stress experience erupts again and again, disturbing every part of your life. Life feels like hell!

There are specific things you can do to help yourself and your loved ones cope with the psychological aftermath of trauma.

When you are not able to help your self or seek outside intervention, PTSD can lead to serious life-damaging consequences, including illness and death.

The fact that you have taken the trouble to read this book tells me that you may be experiencing traumatic stress.

Or, even suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

You have made a helpful, responsible choice!

You are largely responsible for how much traumatized or stressed you are. In reality, what you do and achieve in overcoming the trauma is your choice.

By the time you have worked through this book, you will understand more deeply the circumstances around the Coronavirus trauma and how to deal with them.

Take a look at the layout of this book. It is divided into 100 brief chapters and appendices.

In addition to the main text, each brief chapter provides a key lesson that relates to the section you are reading.

Plus, there’s a lessons in quote at the end with enrichments or distillations of the topic in hand.

Most importantly, each chapter provides psychological, practical, and spiritual insights to assist you in overcoming the trauma of Coronavirus.

At the end of the book is the Afterword, which gives you my perspective of what comes next on to our future, with or without Coronavirus.

Then, this is followed by Appendix, comprising of two sections:  A. Psychological Tips To Overcome the Coronavirus and Beyond; and B. How To Obtain Salvation.

The appendices deal with both the psychological and spiritual aspects of overcoming trauma to help heal from the Coronavirus pandemic.

Understanding and applying insights on how to overcome trauma can be life-saving and life-enriching.

I promise to stay alongside you every step of the way through this book and even beyond.

I welcome your letters, concerns, or feedback via my email at

Let’s go!




LESSON: Trauma is essentially an internal state.

Violent attacks, tragic accidents, natural disasters, wars, sexual and emotional abuse, and dozens of other such events show that the external world is not always controllable, regardless of our knowledge and resources. These painful challenges can suddenly shift the apparent arena of control from the external to the internal world.

— Dr. Victoria Follette & Dr. Jacqueline Pistorello

I’m afraid to go out, can’t control my panic and perspiration. Am I going crazy, doc?, asked Wilma, a mother of two little kids asked during our online Skype session.

Wilma is in a state of trauma caused by the personal effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The virus has been infecting millions and killed hundreds of thousands of people in more than 200 countries, and still continuing.

Since Coronavirus inflicts bodily disease and death, it creates a simultaneous painful emotional shock in individuals.

The rapid and massive spread of the virus as well as its high infectiousness among people, communities, and nations is very destructive.

Such event has produced sudden simultaneous and painful losses - physical (health) psychological/emotional, economic (employment, business), social, travel (mobility), and spiritual.

The serious impact of this pandemic trauma has caused changes in personality, create phobias, nightmares, unusual fears, compulsions, depression, panic anxiety, abnormal behaviors, among others.

There are a thousand ways to act crazy. And trauma, such as this pandemic, can cause them all.

Of course, there are other complications that can aggravate it, like pre-existing physical and mental disorders.

In all the decades of my life, I’ve never experienced a global lockdown. Until now.

I never expected or saw it coming. This Covid-19. Then, boom!

I remember, the first day of the lockdown, I was just staring at a white wall. I felt I’m not my usual self.  Paralyzed, it was as if I got hostaged by an invisible force.

Thankfully, just in time, I clicked out of my mental daze and allowed the Covid-19 reality to finally start sinking in.

Remember, every human being amid Coronavirus is potentially a trauma victim - either symptomatic or asymptomatic carrier.

Since trauma is essentially an internal state, part of treatment and prevention is to do whatever is necessary to avoid complications.

Familiarity with the nature and dynamic of trauma is a vital first step.

Knowing what trauma is and learning the principles of recovery will make it easier to deal with it.


Suffering is part of the divine idea.

— Henry Ward Beecher

The salvation of the world is in man’s suffering.

— William Faulkner

Rather suffer than die is man’s motto.

— Oscar Wilde




LESSON: Emotional shock is preventable and curable.

Every Covid-19 patient is potentially a patient in shock, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic.

Shock is either physical or emotional. Ordinarily, they go together.

Physical shock if you have Covid-19 can take the form of weakness, dizziness, nausea, and nervous shivers on top of the virus’ main symptoms.

A sudden loss of adequate breathing or mobility because of the virus can cause a variety of physical symptoms, including from pre-existing illnesses.

Familiarity with the principles of physical shock makes it easier to understand the principles of emotional shock.

In a sense, when you go into physical to emotional shock, you’re going from the known to unknown. Or, at least from the familiar to unfamiliar.

Nerrie had no obvious Covid symptoms when she went into our online therapy session over FaceTime.

During our fifth session, she began to sporadically experience difficulty in breathing. She got nervous that she broke a vase in anger.

She was tested positive of Covid-19 later. And she messaged it to me via FaceTime immediately after.

Coronavirus is a physically and emotionally painful event.

Every serious physical bodily pain usually creates a simultaneous emotional shock.

And every painful emotional shock  is a psychological wound that causes subconscious scar.

One common characteristic of emotional shock is loss of common sense and reasonable perspective.

That’s a reason why shock can cause changes in personality, create compulsions, addictions, rage, phobias, etc.

There are thousands of ways to go crazy. And emotional shock can cause all of them.

Emotional shock is preventable and curable.

Practicing common sense and intuition aid this. It’s preventable and curable by psychotherapy as well as by spirituality.

In my anguish, I cried to the Lord, and He answered by setting me free. (Psalm 118:5)


It is the false shame of fools to try to conceal wounds that have not healed.

— Horace

Physical health is inseparable from mental health. They go up and down together. Many people do not realize this!

— Charles R. Sturge

Though this be madness, yet there is method in it.

— William Shakespeare




LESSON: Reality provides the basis for whether to sustain or dissolve hope.

Thomas Eliot once observed, Humankind cannot bear very much reality.

How damaging and aversive to our well being when reality is denied, masked, or downplayed.

During the early weeks of the Coronavirus outbreak trauma, its reality was not easy to discern.

Many individuals, communities, and even heads of state ignored or diminished its impact.

U.S. President Donald Trump has been on the hot seat since the virus struck the world.

The U.S. saw its first documented death from the novel coronavirus Feb. 29, 2020. 

After that, despite warnings from WHO, Trump said the

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