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Imagination

A distinct lack of imagination has been noted in traumatized individuals. When they are compulsively and constantly pulled into the past, they cannot imagine any other future. Imagination, however, is essential to our quality of life. It inspires our creativity, relieves our boredom, eases our pain, enhances our pleasure, and enriches our most intimate relationships. […]

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Trauma becomes physical symptoms

When people are chronically angry or frightened, the constant muscle tension eventually leads to cramps, back pain, migraines, fibromyalgia, and other types of pain. Other common conditions that often have no clear physical cause include chronic neck pain, digestive problems, spastic colon/irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue, and some forms of asthma. Traumatized children have a […]

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The Body Keeps The Score

When your caregivers regularly ignore your needs, you learn to expect rejection and withdrawal. You cope by tuning out their hostility or neglect and pretending it doesn’t matter. But the body keeps score: it remains in a state of high alert, ready to ward off blows, deprivation, or abandonment. One of the most devastating effects […]

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The Hyperarousal Continuum: ‘Fight or Flight’ Responses

Hippocampus: Another key system linked with the RAS and playing a central role in the fear response is the hippocampus, located at the interface between the cortex and the lower diencephalic areas. It plays a major role in memory and learning. In addition it plays a key role in various activities of the autonomic nervous […]

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Post‐traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Post‐traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur following a traumatic event. It is characterised by symptoms of re‐experiencing the trauma (in the form of nightmares, flashbacks and distressing thoughts), avoiding reminders of the traumatic event, negative alterations in thoughts and mood, and symptoms of hyper‐arousal (feeling on edge, being easily startled, feeling angry, having difficulties sleeping, […]

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Breathe out, look in, let go.

Open your heart to who you are, right now, not who you would like to be. Not the saint you’re striving to become. But the being right here before you, inside you, around you. All of you is holy. You’re already more and less than whatever you can know. Breathe out, look in, let go. […]

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Pete Walker – Why do you specialize in Complex PTSD?

There’s an old adage: “Teach what you know.” I know about trauma because I survived childhood in the war zone of a severely dysfunctional family in NYC in the 1950’s. The frontline was definitely in my house, but there were many traumatizing skirmishes on the streets and in the Catholic school where I was held […]

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Does Parental Alienation Cause PTSD?

Parental Alienation is a form of psychological abuse that causes severe reactions to the targeted parent and the child(ren).  These reactions range from mild to extreme.  Below is a small list of the just some of the signs and symptoms I have seen. Uncontrollable rage and anger Constant Fear Constant anguish Paranoia Avoidance of the […]

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They were grateful for what they have

They were grateful for what they have One of the most important things in life that successful people identified early on, was the necessity to be grateful for what they have. Rather than focusing on what they didn’t have, they shifted their thinking to one that involved the rock-solid foundation of gratitude. When you’re thankful for […]

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