- What is Complex Trauma
Complex Trauma (CPTSD, DTD) is a fairly new field of study that many professionals are finding to be the missing piece in understanding many of the problems they deal with today in their clients.
Complex Trauma is the result of a person living in an unsafe environment for an extended period of time. This is due to abuse, neglect,abandonment, and living in an environment where emotional needs are not consistently met. The result is that, in order to survive, the person must live continually in Fight, Flight or Freeze.
Living in survival mode may have kept them safe at the time of danger, but it creates systems of thought and behaviour that result in unhealthy relationships, unhealthy coping tools, shame and some mental health disorders.
97% of addicts have Complex Trauma.
ADHD, BPD, NPD, DID, ODD, attachment disorders, and many anxiety disorders are often the result of Complex Trauma.
Some physical health problems are being connected to Complex Trauma. Self Harm, eating disorders, criminal behaviour often have connections to Complex Trauma.
Complex Trauma changes the way the brain develops and works. We are just beginning to understand the massive ramifications of Complex Trauma. There are 60 characteristics of Complex Trauma that are important to understand if one is to help those who suffer from it.This changes how we look at many things. For example, addiction isn't the main problem; it is a symptom of deeper problems (Complex Trauma). To the addict, drugs and alcohol were once seen as the solution to their problems. So, if we are to help those struggling with addiction, we must help them with the underlying issue -Complex Trauma. If we just focus on the symptom (the addiction), success rates will remain around 10%. But if we deal with the root issue, the success rate will improve greatly.
To only deal with the symptoms of Complex Trauma is to provide band aid fixes that don't ultimately succeed.
The RE:ACT program is designed to start repairing the effects of Complex Trauma!
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