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CPTSD, PTSD, Childhood PTSD and ACEs: What’s the Difference?

Official diagnosis with Complex PTSD is a “hypothetical and experimental diagnosis” that for now, is lumped in with standard PTSD. But what’s the difference? And (as many of you have asked) why do I keep referring to the effects of abuse and neglect in childhood as “Childhood PTSD?” Is that real? In this I explain …

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This is What It Feels Like When Your Brain is Dysregulated From Childhood PTSD

People who had a rough childhood often go through life feeling — knowing — that they are a little different than most people. It’s common sense that early exposure to violence, addiction, abuse or neglect can have a lifelong effect on mental health and behavior. Until recently, researchers understood these effects to be mostly a) …

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The Never-Ending Wreckage of Growing Up Poor

Today you’d probably lump me in with the middle class, but I carry some residue of having grown up poor. I work with people who work hard to help the poor, but have not themselves ever been poor. There are things they don’t understand. People who grew up with money tend to think that poverty is …

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Brain Dysregulation is at the Root of Childhood PTSD: Learning to Re-Regulate Is Where Healing Begins

To heal from Childhood PTSD, it’s crucial to understand the role of dysregulation, which is the underlying problem that most conventional treatments have never really repaired or understood. Why I say Childhood PTSD, I mean the physical, neurological, emotional and behavioral effects on adults who had trauma as a child — abuse, neglect, exposure to …

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Did Childhood PTSD Leave You With “The Underdog Effect?” Here’s How To Undo It.

  This week, my video talks about the seeming cloud that can hang over folks who who went through a lot of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).  It’s a cloud made of negative outside stigma and our injured self-esteem. It limits us through tiny little changes in our habits, our judgment and our thinking. The good news …

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Has PTSD From Childhood Affected Your Ability to Connect? 10 Tips For Better Friendships

Ready to start healing your relationship life? Register for my online course Dating and Relationships for People with Childhood PTSD. Has Childhood PTSD affected your relationships? Take the Quiz.  For a deeper dive into all the symptoms of Childhood PTSD — how they happen, and what to do, take my online course Healing Childhood PTSD …

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Is Trauma From Your Childhood ACTUALLY Making You Sick?

OK, I have to start with a story. When I was nine years old my mom remarried and we moved 900 miles away from my hometown, Berkeley — away from my friends, cousins, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and (heartbreakingly) my father, who loved the hell out of me and my younger sister. He had fought my …

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