Most Treatments for Childhood PTSD Don’t Work. Here’s What Does.

If you are one of the millions of adults who grew up affected by traumatic experiences during your childhood, you may have tried therapies that promised to help you calm your emotions, change your thinking, and respond to stress like normal people do.

But chances are, you’re still affected by past trauma. Things like abuse, neglect, and exposure to parental addiction can and do impact the brain and nervous system. This in turn can trigger problems ranging from ADHD to depression to addiction to diabetes to an inability to form lasting relationships. 

Childhood PTSD is a bad thing. And there is no shortage of specialists and therapies that promise to heal the problems caused by early trauma: Cognitive behavior therapy. EMDR. Neurofeedback. Yoga. Meditation. Exposure therapy. Anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medications. MDMA. Cannabis. Psilocybin. Dialectical behavior therapy. Tapping, Somatic experiencing, Feldenkrais, Craniosacral therapy. Art therapy. Dance Therapy. Drama therapy. Dream therapy. Equine therapy. Nutritional therapy, and on and on and on.

As you probably have discovered, not all treatments are equal. In fact with most treatments, there is no consistent pattern of effectiveness. Something may have helped you but won’t help others. Some treatments have a temporary benefit but leave you worse off than before you started.

So what does work? The answers might surprise you.

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