Complex Trauma

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PTSD and Complex trauma are not the same. Complex trauma is often the result of prolonged childhood trauma, though it can develop from trauma in adulthood as well. Repeated and prolonged exposure to stressful events such as physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, neglect, abandonment, violence, alcoholism, and poverty often result in complex trauma. This type of trauma can occur over months or even years, which makes it different from other types of trauma. 

Adding to the “complexity” to “complex trauma,” when complex trauma is developed in childhood, the child is often abused by the same parent they were dependent upon for food, shelter, clothing, nurturing, guidance, and emotional safety. Many aspects of a child’s healthy physical and mental development rely on a primary source of safety and stability, not having this can interfere with the child’s ability to form a secure attachment, and they may become conditioned to interact with the world from a heightened state of threat assessment. In a constantly changing environment, regulating love and fear can become survival skills, and ultimately, their emotional state may become dictated by others.

When someone experiences complex trauma they can develop chronic psychological conditions that can lead to a disconnected or dissociative experience in life, and heightened or flattened emotional responses. They may also have difficulty developing and maintaining long-term relationships. Recovery is possible, and working with a professional can help you recover from complex trauma and its effects.

Common Challenges

  • thinking everything is your fault
  • an inability to maintain close friendships or long-term dating relationships
  • heightened or flattened emotional responses
  • emotional reactions grossly out of proportion to what would be expected
  • a disconnected or dissociative experience.
  • feeling like a child in your adult life

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