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Traumas Public and Private: What if the Inner Child Grew Up?

Is it time to give up all hope that this pandemic and its mandatory pause might help us build a better society? Seems like it. We’re literally coming out of this pandemic guns blazing in the United States. 45 mass shootings in 30 days. Then today, Kenosha and Austin, with Austin mere hours after Ted… Continue reading Traumas Public and Private: What if the Inner Child Grew Up?

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Part 9. The Genesis of My CPTSD: Mother as Protector

Photo by Ray Hennessy on Unsplash From Jasmin Lee Cori: With separateness comes danger. In the best of circumstances, Mother is there providing protection. A very young child often senses Mother as all-powerful. She shatters the darkness, shoos away noisy children and barking dogs. If the mother consistently protects the child from intrusive and overwhelming… Continue reading Part 9. The Genesis of My CPTSD: Mother as Protector

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Part 4. The Genesis of my CPTSD: Mother as Modulator

Photo by Janko Ferlič on Unsplash Mother as Modulator goes hand in hand with the First Responder role, this time, teaching the child emotional regulation that in time becomes self-regulation. From Jasmin Lee Cori: When Mother is modulator, she helps us transition from negative emotional experiences to positive ones. One way she does this is… Continue reading Part 4. The Genesis of my CPTSD: Mother as Modulator

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What trauma does to you: pain

Photo by Asdrubal luna on Unsplash Many people who were abused as children experience pain symptoms, either acutely or chronically. Most common are headaches and back pain. Now it is suggested that in both cases, patients who experience migraines and/or chronic low back pain be screened for child abuse. My experience with pain as part of the fallout… Continue reading What trauma does to you: pain

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Breaking Generational Cycles: Forgiveness

Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash white tulips are symbolic of forgiveness, purity, and serenity Emotions tend to run high around the idea of forgiveness when it comes to child abuse and especially child sexual abuse (CSA). Understandably so. I am not advocating that you forgive your abuser(s), especially if you are in the early stages of coming to… Continue reading Breaking Generational Cycles: Forgiveness

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What trauma does to you: Muscle Armoring

Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash We're always tense, always on guard, those of us with CPTSD. Braced. Tight. Clenched. Muscle armoring goes along with hypervigilance. The body is perpetually preparing for flight, preparing to fight, or stuck in freeze. There's often pain when the muscles are constantly tensed and overworked. There can also be body imbalances, fibromyalgia,… Continue reading What trauma does to you: Muscle Armoring

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Tips for Breaking Generational Cycles, Part Four

This will be painful. These abusive behaviors travel through families until someone makes the decision to feel the pain. That is part of stopping the cycle. You will survive it and a good trauma therapist or group can make it easier to bear. Consult with a psychiatrist about an anti-depressant. I found that bupropion (generic… Continue reading Tips for Breaking Generational Cycles, Part Four

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Series: What Trauma Does To You, The Amygdala

Photo by Arwan Sutanto on Unsplash Complex PTSD results from prolonged or chronic traumatic exposure as is the case with child abuse. For a child, there's no viable escape and the people who are supposed to love, protect, and care for the child... don't. Most child abuse includes just enough carrots - good times - to be utterly… Continue reading Series: What Trauma Does To You, The Amygdala

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This is your brain on trauma

The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine is having an excellent free series on the brain and trauma that includes Peter Levine (Walking the Tiger, Healing Trauma, In An Unspoken Voice, and more) and Bessel van der Kolk (The Body Keeps the Score). Replays for the first session are today and tomorrow.… Continue reading This is your brain on trauma