complex trauma & shame
We've all heard of trauma, but many are under the assumption that trauma is limited to a single, tragic event such as witnessing a graphic car accident, being in combat, or experiencing some form of abuse.
But actually, we have all experienced some form of trauma.
Also called Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, C-PTSD, or attachment trauma, this refers to types of trauma that occur repeatedly in the context of the parent-child relationship. The term C-PTSD is used interchangeably with attachment trauma and both include experiences of emotional neglect, sexual abuse, witnessing domestic violence, role reversal, or feeling abandoned emotionally by caregivers. Actively rejecting and verbally berating a child are forms of more silent emotional abuse and are equally damaging, as these constitute a direct threat to a child developing internal security and self-worth.
C-PTSD and shame is at the root of all mental health challenges, addictions, and adult relationship issues. To learn more about shame, sign up to receive your free copy of my therapy e-journal.