COMPLEX TRAUMA & PTSD Treatment Center California
PTSD & COMPLEX TRUAMA
What is Trauma?
Trauma is an extremely distressing experience that causes physical or emotional harm from which you cannot remove yourself. Trauma is subjective, meaning what matters most are the individual’s internal beliefs and their innate sensitivity to stress, not whether a family member, therapist or other outsider deems an experience traumatic.
What constitutes trauma?
- Relational trauma (emotional, verbal, or sexual abuse; living with a narcissistic/borderline partner/family member; loss of a loved one)
- Medical diagnoses or long-term illness
- Physical accidents (such as car accidents, falls, etc.)
- Natural disasters (earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, etc.)
- Violence (victim of a crime, rape, assault, robbery, or witnessing of violence)
- War (Combat or military experience)
What are the immediate effects of trauma?
- Shock, including numbed emotions, questioning of perceptions, and / or memory disturbances
- Denial (which helps reduce terror), helplessness, and fear of dying and / or being abandoned
- Confusion and disorientation
- Dissociation and / or feelings of unreality
- Unwanted thoughts: Traumatic memories may intrude on everyday living and in dreams, leaving a person feeling out of control
- Trouble sleeping
TRAUMA and addiction
Trauma can result from growing up in an alcoholic or addicted home or any other environment where children are taught to bury their feelings. Although often overlooked, trauma lies at the heart of many types of addictions such as drug and alcohol, overeating, compulsive sexual behaviors and process addictions. Often people are not aware that they have developed addictions to cope with symptoms of trauma. To prevent further harm and guard against relapse, it is necessary to treat the underlying trauma and deliver integrated, multidisciplinary treatment that has proven effective in treating co-occurring disorders. Our clinicians are highly skilled at treating trauma, using methods that don’t overwhelm clients and that help to strengthen relapse prevention plans.
Trauma, PTSD and Mood Disorders