Category: Trauma

Benefits of Treatment for Complex Trauma

Complex trauma refers to a type of trauma that is prolonged, repeated, or multiple, and often involves interpersonal abuse, neglect, or violence. The effects of complex trauma can be severe and can lead to a range of mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), dissociation, and personality disorders. Treatment for complex trauma is crucial in helping individuals recover from these debilitating effects.

Some of the benefits of treatment for complex trauma include:

  1. Reduction of symptoms: Treatment for complex trauma can help reduce symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, and depression. This can lead to a better quality of life for the individual and improved functioning in various areas of life such as work, school, and relationships.
  2. Improved self-regulation: Individuals who have experienced complex trauma often struggle with regulating their emotions and behaviors. Treatment can help them learn skills to manage and regulate their emotions, which can improve their ability to cope with stress and reduce impulsive or self-destructive behavior.
  3. Increased sense of safety: One of the core issues for individuals who have experienced complex trauma is feeling unsafe. Treatment can help them develop a greater sense of safety in their environment and within themselves, which can reduce feelings of fear and anxiety.
  4. Improved interpersonal relationships: Individuals who have experienced complex trauma often struggle with trust and forming healthy relationships with others. Treatment can help them develop skills for building and maintaining healthy relationships, which can improve their overall quality of life.
  5. Enhanced self-esteem and self-worth: Complex trauma can lead to feelings of shame, guilt, and low self-worth. Treatment can help individuals develop a more positive sense of self and increase their self-esteem, which can lead to a greater sense of empowerment and overall well-being.

In summary, treatment for complex trauma can have numerous benefits, including symptom reduction, improved self-regulation, increased sense of safety, improved interpersonal relationships, and enhanced self-esteem and self-worth. It is important for individuals who have experienced complex trauma to seek out appropriate treatment from qualified professionals to help them on their path to recovery.


What is trauma and what do I need to know about it?

What is trauma and what do I need to know about it?

It seems like there is so much we hear about “trauma”.

Trauma can be described as anything that overwhelms the brain’s ability to make sense of what is happening. Chronic trauma can be more than a physical experience. Sometimes something that might be traumatizing for one person might not impact another.

Examples of traumatic experiences are:

• Single traumatic episodes like rape or a car accident
• Repeated trauma like neglect, sexual, physical, or emotional abuse

Chronic trauma experienced as children can have long lasting reactions for adults. Without even knowing it people can have hard time coping with every day stressors due to changes in brain brought on by continuing trauma. Ongoing abuse and neglect rewires the brain to expect those experiences to continue and therefore adapt to them as “normal”.

Some symptoms of trauma:

• Shock, denial, or disbelief
• Confusion, difficulty concentrating
• Anger, irritability, mood swings
• Anxiety and fear
• Guilt, shame, self-blame
• Withdrawing from others/social isolation
• Feeling sad or hopeless
• Feeling disconnected or numb
• Hypervigilance, or being hyper-aware of your surroundings
• Flashbacks and/or nightmares

There are theories that some mood disorders, such as bipolar, depression, and anxiety, can have their roots in trauma. This is not always the case but it is worth considering whether or not trauma plays a part in mental health challenges. That is why a therapist may want to know about a client’s adverse childhood experiences. There are also mind/body connections with studies being done that appear to be linking early trauma with chronic physical pain, like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and even rheumatoid arthritis.

What can be done?

Having past trauma doesn’t necessarily mean a life stuck in suffering. Again, more studies are showing that effective trauma treatment does exist and are showing promising results. Some of those treatments include EMDR (Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing) and Internal Family Systems counseling. Trauma treatment is different from “talk therapy” and often includes a more focused, experiential piece. More information about these different options will be coming in future blog posts.

Watch this space for more information on trauma treatment and ways healing is occurring for those suffering the effects of trauma.