We Are Survivors 

This blog is dedicated to the tens of millions of adult survivors of child abuse and neglect who get up every day and try to work and function in a world that seems to not care about us.

Child Abuse Triggers & Dissociation – Part 1

A trigger is anything (e.g., a sight, sound, smell, touch, taste or thought) associated with a past negative event that activates a memory, flashback or strong emotion. Because triggers are directly associated with a particular event or events, they are unique to each individual. That explains why different stimuli will trigger different people; and why a therapist can never remove or avoid every potential trigger in a practice setting.[1]

Therapy Issues For Survivors – Part 3

This is the third of a series in discussing effective treatment for adult survivors of child abuse and neglect who are diagnosed with depression, PTSD, and DID. Therapy is very complex.

Therapy Issues For Survivors – Part 2

This is the second part in a series of discussing effective treatment for adult survivors of child abuse and neglect. This three-stage approach has been shown to be very helpful when working with clients diagnosed with depression, PTSD, and DID.

Therapy Issues For Survivors – Part 1

Over the years, I have gotten a lot of emails asking for information about effective therapy for adult survivors of child abuse and neglect. I am not a clinician, however, after successfully completing 23 years of therapy to recover from Major Depression, PTSD, and Dissociative Identity Disorder or DID (I integrated about 20 alters), as well as conducting in depth research over the past 30 years, I have a very good grasp of the issues and first-hand knowledge of what it takes to recover. That said, I am writing a series of articles about what I believe are key issues in the treatment of survivors.

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Cycle of Traumatic Reenactment

When I was struggling with one crisis after another in therapy, trying to get my life back on track, there always seemed to be something that would happen to upset me. When that happened, I reverted back to my old ways of coping (isolation and binge eating) until I felt calmer and could function better. It seemed like a never-ending cycle – and it was.

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