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. Continue reading “The Never-Ending Wreckage of Growing Up Poor”
Like many people with trauma in the past, I loooooove a good bit of drama. I’m not saying it’s good for me. I’m just saying that I have had an inexplicable attraction to things that involve intense emotions — things like seeing babies born, peering at a car wreck, falling in love, pondering the Holocaust, watching TV shows about medical emergencies, and yes, Continue reading “Beware: Facebook is a Dangerous Neighborhood!”
In 1994 I was going through a freak out. One bad thing after another kept happening to me — loss of a loved one, end of a relationship and a head injury from a random gang attack ALL within a couple of months. For several weeks I could barely read or focus my attention enough to dial a phone number, and despite therapy three times a week, my depression and anxiety were getting worse. Continue reading “Election Stress? You Can Calm Your Mind With This Simple, Free Writing Technique”
Over the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing lots and lots of information about and answering questions about the effects of childhood trauma on adults. I’ll be talking about the physical, neurological, psychological, spiritual and cultural effects (yes, it’s a culture, for better and worse). But since I’ve just done five posts about “the problem,” it’s time to say a little bit about solutions. I’m going to tell you about a handful of treatments that other people have found helpful, and then I’m going to introduce you for the first time to the technique that saved my life when I was throttled by PTSD.(If you want, you can cut to the chase and see the video here). Continue reading “Day By Day, You CAN Recover From Childhood PTSD, and Other Crappy Crap From the Past”
PTSD — or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a real diagnosis usually used for cases where people had a traumatic event happen in adulthood (like taking part in a violent battle, or having a car accident). The symptoms include flashbacks, anxiety, depression, insomnia, social withdrawal and explosive emotions, among other things.
Another, second of PTSD is Complex PTSD (or C-PTSD) which is caused by chronic exposure to emotional or physical trauma, such as living through a war, being in an abusive relationship, or growing up in traumatic conditions, which is what this blog is about. The diagnosis is not 100% clear, so for now let’s call this kind “Childhood PTSD.” There is a LOT of research going on right now in this area. The biggest and most impactful is probably The ACE Study, which has kind of become the standard measurement of childhood crappiness. Continue reading “PTSD, Childhood Trauma, and The ACE Study”
Everyone knows that trauma in childhood causes problems later in life, but until recently, the real mechanism of these problems has been misunderstood. Here are four key ideas that may help you see the problem differently: Continue reading “Four Things The Mental Health Industry Got Wrong About Childhood Trauma”
“Inside Traumas” is the term I use for trauma-generated behaviors. They start as an innocent flight away from pain, but if they persist, they will create more trauma and more life problems. Continue reading ““Inside Traumas” — The Things Traumatized People Do That Cause MORE Trauma”