“Trauma is a feeling of not having any resources. I remind them of what resources they have and then create additional ones so that they can feel more in control of their lives."
Complex trauma happens repetitively. It often results in direct harm to the individual. The effects of complex trauma are cumulative. The traumatic experience frequently transpires within a particular time frame or within a specific relationship, and often in a specific setting.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
(PTSD) can develop after a person has been exposed to a terrifying event or has been through an ordeal in which intense physical harm occurred or was threatened. Sufferers of this PTSD have persistent and frightening thoughts and memories of their ordeal.
Developmental trauma disorder is a recent term in the study of psychology. This disorder forms during a child’s first three years of life. The result of abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment, developmental trauma interferes with the infant or child’s neurological, cognitive, and psychological development. This may make it harder to form healthy relationships as an adult.
Often, shock and denial are typical reactions to a traumatic event. Over time, these emotional responses may fade, but a survivor may also experience reactions long-term. These can include:
National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) provides useful online brochures about the warning signs which may include the following:
Information about various other eating disorders Click Here
Anger is a signal that something isn’t right. You are compelled to take action to correct the wrong. How you manage your anger has important consequences for your health and welfare.
HelpGuide.org has resources and information on various mental health topics including Anger Management. To visit Click Here
NEUROSCIENCE & THERAPY
Neuroscience aids the understanding of how the brain shapes all our emotional experiences and relationship patterns. The brain continually changes in response to environmental challenges. Psychotherapy supports social and emotional development by fostering learning, awareness and an opportunity to engage in new ways of being.
Some people worry that they are unable to explain exactly what has happened to them because their memory of their trauma is often incomplete or absent. They fear that they will not heal as a consequence. Understanding what happens reduces the natural anxiety which comes with trauma.