Complex Trauma

Complex Trauma

Complex trauma is complex because it impacts the development of “self”. This is why most “treatments” are ineffective for trauma survivors from abusive/dysfunctional families; they fail to address these issues as developmental. It only stood to reason for me that if I learned in the drama/trauma and dysfunction how to…

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When Another Person Makes You Suffer (Thict Nhat Hanh)

When Another Person Makes You Suffer (Thict Nhat Hanh)

When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. – Thich Nhat Hanh Wow. Well. This is a pretty big subject for survivors of drama, trauma and dysfunction. But this essay by Nancy Nicolazzo┬áis also a very good example…

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Breaking the Dance of Dysfunction

Breaking the Dance of Dysfunction

Every now and then I hear from someone who has expressed they did not appreciate something I’ve said or written. And this comes from all sides and on all subjects so it’s not that there is a particular individual that I’m considering as I write this. Rather, this is a…

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Mastering Our Moods

Mastering Our Moods

Learning how to shift our “mood” is vital to feeling hopeful and empowered. When we believe we are at the mercy of our moods we often will also feel victimized, overwhelmed, hopeless, helpless and powerless over our lives. In the mental illness system we are conditioned and TAUGHT to believe…

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Psychiatric Survivors and Being Re-traumatized by Our Health Care

Psychiatric Survivors and Being Re-traumatized by Our Health Care

Psychiatric survivors often have a lot of head stuff to filter through each day just in order to function. Just as a child being abused cannot be expected to attend well in school, someone who has been abused and then revictimized by their health care providers (“treatments”) must also filter…

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Master Helen Wu – Qigong for Healing Trauma and Psychiatric Drug Withdrawals

Master Helen Wu – Qigong for Healing Trauma and Psychiatric Drug Withdrawals

Some of you have read or heard parts of my story about how I was on psychiatric drugs for 15+ years, forced off them in 2007 and started my healing journey. This journey included healing both from the first trauma of childhood abuse and neglect as well as the trauma…

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Are You Addicted to Chaos?

Are You Addicted to Chaos?

One of the most difficult addictions to overcome, for those coming out of chronic dysfunction, is the addiction to chaos and drama. In fact many of us will go on to continue to create chaos simply because it is our “normal”. We are uncomfortable sitting in our own skin and…

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Back to Basics: Creating Safety First (Self Care in Recovery )

From the archives at my Facebook account a post on learning how to meet our basic needs in the recovery (self discovery) journey. This post garnered some good discussion when I first posted on Facebook in 2010 so I thought I’d put it up here as well. Regardless of the…

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Complex Trauma Recovery: it’s not “getting over it” but “getting past it”

Complex Trauma Recovery: it’s not “getting over it” but “getting past it”

It’s important that we are able to tell our stories, to be heard and have our pain, frustrations and justified anger at the losses we experienced at the hand of those who have hurt and harmed us – recognized and honored. Regardless of the source of the abuse or trauma…

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The task of this journey

The task of this journey is not to fix ourselves but to give ourselves what we did not get in the beginning. What did you NOT get that you needed? What DID you get that you did not need – or deserve? Owning our justified anger allows us to let…

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