“Life can get in the way of everyday things we have to do. Life can stop you in your tracks and then what do you do”? Dr. MABL
The following video is a Public Service Announcement by the: National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) PSA
TEDMED: Excellent talk by Dr. Harris’ on childhood exposure to adversity (Complex Trauma):
When you have generations of people [children] having children without proper mental health support and social services that provide adequate health care, nutritional meals and safe places to live, you will have the issues we are currently seeing in society. The dichotomies of schools have changed. In order to properly educate, there must be services provided that deal with learning disabilities properly, equitable opportunities to catch up academically. Mental health services must provide strong counseling for trauma and the effects of poverty and community violence. It is not as simple as an ass whipping from a parent. More abuse does not render the result of a well-rounded citizen capable of being successful in this world.
Researchers and the DSM-IV Emotional Distrubance describes emotional trauma as Emotional Disturbance or ED, the following are considered ED Disorders:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive and
- Tic Disorders
- Anxiety Disorders
- Mood Disorders
- Psychosis and Psychotic Disorders
- Conduct Disorder
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
There is new research in which Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents is described as the repeated or long exposure to violence, abuse, or neglect and the effect Complex Trauma has on a student’s ability to learn. After the initial experiences of parental or caregivers emotional abuse and neglect children suffering from Complex Trauma there is a loss of a safe base, loss of direction, and inability to detect or respond to danger cues, thus leading to subsequent trauma exposure.
The concept of Complex Trauma has a range of symptoms that I will address in the next several weeks. Please be prepared to download your guide to identifying symptoms and the appropriate referral network and resources which are available for Complex Trauma. Your guide will be available with 14-days.