Childhood trauma leads to lifelong chronic illness > Living in troubled times we have become well acquainted with the term Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, which happens to people who have experienced something extremely frightening, or witnessed something terrible happening.
People take time to get over a traumatic event, but with PTSD, suffers are unable to move past the event and carry on having dreams, flashbacks or upsetting thoughts about it.
But fewer people are aware of the newer term, Post-Childhood Stress Disorder, where it is claimed that common events of childhood can create trauma that profoundly change the way children see themselves in the world. The theory is that PCSD symptoms include difficulty maintaining close relationships, getting angry too easily and feeling alone (use this Link for a Case Study). Some medical researchers believe the condition can be the catalyst for Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS).
An on-line medic states that Post-Childhood Stress Disorder can set in if a child feels neglect or abandoned, resulting in being fostered or adopted. He says, “The intense emotional crisis of abandonment can create a trauma severe enough to leave an emotional imprint on individuals’ psycho-biological functioning, affecting their future choices and responses to rejection, loss, or disconnection.
“Following an abandonment experience in childhood or adulthood, some people develop a sequela of post traumatic symptoms which share sufficient features with post traumatic stress disorder to be considered a sub-type of this diagnostic category“.
These types of mental disorders are regarded as diseases of the amygdala, which is the emotional centre of the brain. The amygdala basically gets locked in emergency overdrive, meaning the sufferer is in a constant state of alert.
While traditional treatments focus on prescribing antidepressants, such as mirtazapine or paroxetine, psychotherapies are now being used successfully. Though Tonic’s type of fast track treatment by phone is inadequate for these types of problems, our therapists offer counselling in their own clinics.
If you are traumatised and visit one, you will experience a totally different approach. There will be no medical mumbo jumbo such as ‘psycho-biological functioning’. Your medical history and attributing the cause of your trauma will be nowhere near as important as focusing on your future. Best of all you will not expected to relive past traumas.
Your past is less important than your future and results are all that matters. Problems are acknowledged, goals agreed and your therapist then switches to action mode. To find a complementary therapist in your area use the Government-approved database.