Trauma and PTSD Module

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What can I say about trauma? It comes from the most insidious, damaging experiences in our lives and shapes us for years and years afterwards. It can be so, so hard to deal with, difficult to recognize, and even harder to heal from. But recovery is possible! Check out the Soul Balm Approved links below to learn more:

Education

  1. Symptoms and Signs of Trauma – Psychological trauma (Most commonly known as PTSD) manifests itself differently from person to person. It’s good to know how to identify the most common signs with the list linked above. For more lesser known signs, check out this slideshow from Health.com.
  2. Understanding C-PTSD -Complex PTSD most commonly starts in childhood, where we lack the tools to deal with prolonged, devastating experiences. This can wreak havoc on the rest of our lives – producing distorted belief systems, mood disorders and emotional disregulation among other issues. Understanding C-PTSD is a key step in recovery and to living your best life as an adult.
  3. How to Help a Loved One with PTSD – This is a great, informative article about what to do (and what no to do) if you or a loved one is struggling with processing trauma. Remember, no two people are the same and we’re all human – it’s a trial and error process so take care of yourself and don’t give up!
  4. Emotional Triggers and Trauma – Everyone has moments where they are emotionally activated but those who’ve been through trauma have a very special and often times difficult relationship with their triggers. Understanding how emotional triggers are connected to your trauma is another key step towards recovery.

Treatment

  1. What are the Treatments for PTSD? – Just like with all disorders there are some very targeted therapies for trauma and PTSD. Each one varies in intensity based on what level you’re at in your recovery and/or how ready you are to relive your trauma. The above article does a great job outlining the four main therapies for PTSD and Trauma disorders.
  2. Cognitive Processing Therapy – This great video explains how CPT can help people move past the “stuck points” from their trauma and begin to heal in a short amount of time.
  3. Trauma Informed Care – In this video we learn how PTSD and C-PTSD are not only emotionally damaging but also linked to lifelong physical issues. Finding a provider who practices holistic, trauma informed care can be a great way to help yourself get better mentally and physically. Find a list of national trauma informed resources at this link here!

Community Care

  1. National Trauma Resources – There are a lot of great organizations who are providing resources for children, adults and families dealing with trauma. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, The PTSD Alliance, and the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (National Center for PTSD) are among the leaders in the nation.
  2. Group Therapy – PTSD and C-PTSD can really isolate a person, therefore group therapy and community support are essential to recovery. Find out more about group therapy and support options in your area here with Psychology Today’s Group Finder.
  3. Our Voices Blog – A really excellent peer blog hosted by the Attachment Trauma Network with great articles by those directly affected by trauma. While mostly geared towards foster and adoptive parents, this blog provides excellent insight and community for anyone struggling with issues of trauma.

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