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Resources To Resolve or Improve Anxiety, Depression, Attention & Addictions By Healing Childhood PTSD
The Resources Below Are An Ongoing Work In Progress On Specific Webinars, Books, Therapies & Treatments That Have Worked In Helping Me Heal The Root Cause Of My Struggles Which Is Childhood PTSD
1. Get Educated About Developmental Trauma aka Childhood PTSD: I highly recommend you buy and read/or listen to on Audible: The Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind & Body In The Healing of Trauma by Bessell Van der Kolk, M.D. This book was a GAME CHANGER for me. I had one epiphany after another reading this book. It has been the most influential book I have ever read on healing the root cause of my anxiety, depression, attention, alcohol & food addictions (& I have read hundreds of books on healing food other addiction issues over the past three decades) as well as other trauma based struggles.
Reading this book has completely changed the trajectory of my life and has been the catalyst of enormous levels of healing and transformation for me. Therefore, if you read any book on healing childhood PTSD, addictions, anxiety, attention, and/or healing eating disorders in my favorite book section, I highly recommend you read this one FIRST.
2. Take The ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences)Survey: In order to determine what level of risk you are at for other issues besides food or other addictions, you need to take this simple 10 question ACEs survey. This will give you more insight on how the level of stress you were exposed to in your early childhood has a direct relationship to food and substance addictions, stress and auto-immune illnesses, mental health as well as chronic pain as we get older.
The CDC along with Dr Vincent Felitti from Kaiser Permanente initially conducted the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study) in 1998 and uncovered a stunning link between childhood trauma and the chronic diseases, addictions, & chronic pain people develop as adults, as well as social and emotional problems.
The first research results were published in 1998, followed by 57 other publications through 2011. They showed that: Childhood abuse, neglect and household dysfunction was very common, even in employed white middle-class, college-educated people with great health insurance
3. Discover and Choose Treatment Options To Heal Your Traumatized Brain, Body, Mind & Relationships:
I highly recommend only choosing trauma informed care providers.
Despite years of work in this field, there is not a common definition of Trauma Informed Care-TIC. The field should strive to create a definition that includes the following:
•An awareness of the prevalence of trauma;
•An understanding of the impact of trauma on physical, emotional, and mental health as well as on behaviors and engagement to services; and
•An understanding that current service systems can re-traumatize individuals.
4. When choosing a psychotherapist, be sure to choose one that specializes in childhood trauma, complex post traumatic stress syndrome (C-PTSD) and/or developmental trauma and that offers some type of somatic, or brain based therapy (EMDR, Neurofeedback, Somatic Experiencing, as well as various other somatic therapies along with talk therapy. Remember talk therapy alone cannot completely heal trauma since it lives in the brain and body as well as the mind.
5. Therapies you can use on your own:
Bellabee Neurofeedback Headband: The Bellabee uses PEMF technology – Pulsed eletromagnetic field therapy to coax your brain into calmer or more focused frequencies (depending on the preset program you choose) and therefore helps to calm an anxious brain or helps focus a scattered brain. It has been a fantastic tool for me to regulate my brain and states when I feel anxious or when I have difficulty focusing or falling asleep.
6. Heal Your Attachment Wounds So You Can Develop Securely Attached, Fulfilling Relationships
Since developmental trauma typically happens in the context of close family relationships, it is also referred to as relational trauma. Therefore along with addressing healing and calming down your hyper-aroused brain through neurofeedback or other body or somatic based therapies, we also have to address healing our attachment wounds aka relationship wounds.
One of the most influential leaders in attachment and trauma healing who through her various audio and online programs who has made a profound difference in helping me to heal my attachment wounds is Dr. Diane Poole Heller. I highly recommend checking out her programs
7. Emotional Neglect Healing: Another great resource for me in healing my emotional neglect wounds is Dr. Jonice Webb. Dr. Webb specializes in helping those of us whose trauma is based in “what didn’t happen” which is also known as emotional neglect. When our primary caregivers are anxious, depressed, addicted or otherwise not able to attune to us as infants and children, we experience trauma due to emotional neglect.
8. Check out all of the books that I have read on childhood trauma, attachment wounds and you will discover a treasure trove of amazing healing resources that I am so grateful to have found!
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