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In Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), there are significant physical changes within the brain as a result of trauma.

In Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), there are significant physical changes within the brain as a result of trauma.

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It can be really tough to try to make sense of a past trauma and how it  effects you in the here and now. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has  a specific set of symptoms, such as nightmares and flashbacks. But the  reality of complex trauma resulting from repeated traumatic events is that  the effects go far beyond the symptoms outlined in the DSM.  One of the  first steps in healing from trauma is to understand the problems that you  are having in your life and how they might relate…

It can be really tough to try to make sense of a past trauma and how it effects you in the here and now. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has a specific set of symptoms, such as nightmares and flashbacks. But the reality of complex trauma resulting from repeated traumatic events is that the effects go far beyond the symptoms outlined in the DSM. One of the first steps in healing from trauma is to understand the problems that you are having in your life and how they might relate…

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Trauma Tree - this is a good graphic of how symptoms can grow from trauma and ignoring the issues. With good therapy, coping skills and support these symptoms can be more controllable

Trauma Tree - this is a good graphic of how symptoms can grow from trauma and ignoring the issues. With good therapy, coping skills and support these symptoms can be more controllable

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Much of trauma healing is helping the nervous system become more "resilient." Rather than spend a few hours or even days drowning in a state of terror, tension and nervousness after getting triggered, doing one or more of these exercises can help the nervous system shift into a different state sooner. Each time you do…

Much of trauma healing is helping the nervous system become more "resilient." Rather than spend a few hours or even days drowning in a state of terror, tension and nervousness after getting triggered, doing one or more of these exercises can help the nervous system shift into a different state sooner. Each time you do…

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Free Trauma-Informed Care Infographic. See instructions at the bottom of the page for printing. From the Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care, University at Buffalo School of Social Work. Please share this!

Free Trauma-Informed Care Infographic. See instructions at the bottom of the page for printing. From the Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care, University at Buffalo School of Social Work. Please share this!

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For me, EMDR is the most successful treatment of my Complex PTSD/Trauma. More so than CBT or Antidepressants.

For me, EMDR is the most successful treatment of my Complex PTSD/Trauma. More so than CBT or Antidepressants.

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This is precisely the quandary which is at my core....to long for what you fear the most. It gets easier to understand, but it never goes away. It's like breathing: involuntary and unchangeable.

This is precisely the quandary which is at my core....to long for what you fear the most. It gets easier to understand, but it never goes away. It's like breathing: involuntary and unchangeable.

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Trauma changes us, it truly does. Many times people are simply blindsided by a terrible traumatic event, from a spouse cheating on you to your family member getting cancer or yourself, to the unexpected death of a loved one. BE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER. You have no idea how much honesty and caring people can help, one kind word goes a long way.

Trauma changes us, it truly does. Many times people are simply blindsided by a terrible traumatic event, from a spouse cheating on you to your family member getting cancer or yourself, to the unexpected death of a loved one. BE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER. You have no idea how much honesty and caring people can help, one kind word goes a long way.

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