Here’s the show notes for episode 009 of the Trauma-Informed Everything podcast:
Full Show Notes:
Disclaimer and trigger warning
We often think of trauma as a big event, like a sledgehammer bringing everything crashing down. Whereas complex trauma is more like a hammer tapping and making small dents over time that add up to a lot of damage.
Often with complex trauma something is missing that was needed, rather than something happened that shouldn’t have.
In addition to the traditional 3 symptom clusters of PTSD (Re-experiencing, Avoiding/Numbing, & Hyperarousal), survivors experience the following 5 clusters:
o 1. Emotional Regulation difficulties (e.g. impulsivity, self-destructive behaviors, emotional constriction)
o 2. Disturbances in relational capacities (includes alterations in view of self and others)
o 3. Alterations in Attention or Consciousness (includes dissociation)
o 4. Somatic distress (e.g. chronic pain or other physiological symptoms)
o 5. Adversely affected belief systems (often also referred to as “altered systems of meaning”)