Healing From Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

To have one’s inner sense of security shattered, particularly at a young age, disrupts people’s perception of a safe world. “A lack of predictability and controllability are the central issues for the development and maintenance of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)[1]. The intrusiveness of the memories of past trauma appears to orient people toward doing their best to numb their feelings, to get away from those awful remembrances. I experienced this as I became more in touch with memoires of my own childhood abuse. I paid attention to and learned that I was shutting down my feelings, overeating to self-medicate or numb out, and dissociating to escape my traumatic feelings.


Cycle of Child Abuse Trauma—Part 2

As I discussed in Cycle of Child Abuse Trauma—Part 1, the cycle begins with the “Original Setup.” This post, however, talks about this cycle in terms of adult survivors.


Cycle of Child Abuse Trauma—Part 1

Child abuse and neglect encompasses lifelong consequences due to what I have identified as a “Cycle of Trauma.” We, as survivors, don’t realize until much later in life that the methods we developed and used to cope as children are carried forward into our adult lives. I’ll discuss four aspects of the trauma cycle, both in childhood and then how it is carried forward into adulthood. It begins with what I call the “original setup.”


Dissociative Disorders - Part 15

In 1997, the issue of multiple personalities was discussed by the national media. As usual, it was not helpful at all for the millions of adult survivors of child abuse or the therapists who treat them. Paul McHugh was selected by 60 Minutes to talk about this issue, I guess because he was the Chief of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins. Once again, the millions of viewers were presented with McHugh’s diatribe and insulting rhetoric about one of our trauma disorders.1


Dissociative Disorders - Part 14

The move to silence therapists and child abuse survivors in making claims about childhood abuse moved into a new direction in the 1990s. Elizabeth Loftus joined Paul McHugh in denouncing memories of survivors, especially in the area of trial law. She conducted  experiments with people, successfully convincing some that they were “lost in a shopping mall” as a young child and used films of car accidents in her research. She then blatantly stated that this naturally meant that false memories of child abuse could be implanted into client’s heads and used her “research” during lawsuits. As I told my therapist, “You’re good, but you’re not that good.”