Experiences from the earliest days of childhood play an important role in shaping the brain’s development. Sadly, traumatic episodes leave the deepest impressions, manifesting themselves in adulthood in health issues ranging from increased stress to substance abuse. Learn more about the lasting impact of childhood trauma on chronic adult disorders.
Free Trauma-Informed Care Infographic. See instructions at the bottom of the page for printing. From the Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care, University at Buffalo School of Social Work. Please share this!
It can be really tough to try to make sense of a past trauma and how it effects you in the here and now. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has a specific set of symptoms, such as nightmares and flashbacks. But the reality of complex trauma resulting from repeated traumatic events is that the effects go far beyond the symptoms outlined in the DSM.
Much of trauma healing is helping the nervous system become more "resilient." Rather than spend a few hours or even days drowning in a state of terror, tension and nervousness after getting triggered, doing one or more of these exercises can help the nervous system shift into a different state sooner. Each time you do…