Treating Trauma by Dr. Kathleen Young is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
- Abuse Activism Chicago Childhood Abuse Complex Trauma Depression Dissociation Dissociative Identity Disorder Eating Disorders Emotional Abuse Gay Health Lesbian LGBT Mental Health Mindfulness Oppression Psychologist PTSD Rape Relationships Self-care Severe Trauma Sexual Abuse Sexual Orientation Suicide Therapy Trauma Violence Women
Search Treating Trauma
We all need connection. Interdependence, mutual relationships are crucial for our well being. However, for those who have experienced severe childhood trauma, relationships were also the source of betrayal, wounding and abuse. What does this mean then for those who have been severely abused by parents or caretakers as children? Or those who have dissociated, losing awareness of some aspects of early relationships? For example, those with dissociative identity disorder (DID) may have some parts of their system who only know about the “good mother” while others hold the memories of abuse and/or neglect. In this way, dissociation can make evaluating who is healthy or safe and who is not more difficult. This results in obvious and multiple complications in forming and maintaining later relationships.
Some types of relationship difficulties clients of mine describe fairly often include:
- Feeling so wounded and mistrustful of people in general it doesn’t feel worth…
View original post 1,154 more words
I had a reminder recently of the stigma facing those dealing with trauma related to childhood abuse. I have encountered this before of course, perhaps vicariously, during my 20 plus years in the trauma treatment trenches. As a psychologist specializing in treating trauma I am well aware that many people do not want to be reminded of the less than pleasant aspects of life. Even mentioning what I do for a living can get me interesting responses, or sometimes just shut down the conversation altogether.
Someone unfollowed me on Twitter, and wrote to inform me, because I was not a “positive psychologist”. This took me aback and I tried to understand what led to that impression. I looked through my most recent Twitter postings to try to see what they saw. I had been posting, as I always do, about the impact of trauma and had recently written an article…
View original post 487 more words