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Recovering From Past Trauma: 8 Things Parents of Young Adults Can Do to Be Supportive

People who have experienced a traumatic event in their childhood such as a natural disaster, assault, or childhood abuse are survivors who often struggle in recovering during their adolescence and young adulthood. Surviving trauma is not the same as recovering, and if you talk to trauma survivors, then you may find that there is an underlined desire for healing. Healing from a traumatic event is an individual process that is different for everyone. Recovering from a childhood trauma is being able to live in the present without being overwhelmed and distressed by thoughts and feelings of the past. It’s normal for parents of young adults and teens hold onto the hope that their child will be okay and able to move forward in a loving and respectful relationship, a stable career, and on the path of starting a family. It’s possible for young people to heal from past trauma if they are ready to begin their healing process, and there are important things for parents to know.

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3 Ways Trauma-Informed Curricula Help With Addiction Recovery

It is well-known that trauma and addiction are closely linked. Years of clinical research have demonstrated that many individuals who struggle with addiction report exposure to trauma during the course of their lives. It is not uncommon for those dealing with addictions to have experienced any of the following: prolonged physical, emotional or sexual abuse during childhood, adolescence and/or adulthood; profound neglect; long-term exposure to violence, war or terrorism; and the chronic long-term health problems associated with these things.

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Complex Trauma Or DESNOS Increasing in Inpatient Eating Disordered Populations

In inpatient settings I have been seeing much more serious trauma in clients who are currently admitting for treatment. In fact we’re seeing so much trauma that we think that all clinicians should be trained in EMDR, one of the most effective trauma interventions used at this time. Experienced clinicians are needed when it comes to working with PTSD and childhood trauma and they should have the best tools available. Because so many people with trauma are admitting with severe trauma, I have been doing vast amounts of research on new information available in regards to trauma and its treatment.

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