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Here you’ll find content that focuses on complex trauma research, as well as survivor stories & poetry, and featured articles from clinicians and thought leaders in the world of trauma recovery.

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CPTSD – the Thief of Time

There is no word to describe the feeling. I tried time after time to define this knot of emotions. It is a task that is beyond my ability. I cannot find a singular word that describes the feeling. I keep looking but, for the moment I carry this undefined weight with...

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: The Line between Routine and Ruin

Your mother liked her figurines smallest to largest. Your friend chews food exactly 25 times before swallowing. Come to think of it, you do like your books stacked a certain way… We’ve all heard a phrase similar to “She’s OCD about her clothes” or “I’m real OCD about...
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A Partner’s Guide For Abuse And Trauma Survivors - cptsd foundation
A Partner’s Guide For Abuse And Trauma Survivors

A Partner’s Guide For Abuse And Trauma Survivors

If you find that you have fallen in love with an abuse or trauma survivor, understand right up front that healing is possible.  Sometimes by understanding what your partner has been through can help you to better support them as they work through their tangled up and confused inner world.  There is not anything inherently wrong with your lover that needs fixing, they are just deeply wounded.  Many times all they need is a safe place to land, with a pair of loving arms to hold them, when something happens and they get upset. 

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We always have choices.

We always have choices.

We always have choices, sometimes the choice to make a change or take on a quest or journey can be the scariest decision of all. But it is when we leave behind what is familiar that we make space to see with perspective where we were. While the journey itself can take on a life of its own the most important questions we always have to come back to, i.e. "What do I need?", "How do I feel?", "What is right for me?" contain answers that only lie within ourselves. In answering these, we take responsibility for our power and in doing so empower ourselves and heal.
Go within don't go without.

"Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”

Autobiographical Chronicles: https://vocal.media/authors/jeff-spiteri


What is Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

“Complex PTSD comes in response to chronic traumatization over the course of months or, more often, years. This can include emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuses, domestic violence, living in a war zone, being held captive, human trafficking, and other organized rings of abuse, and more. While there are exceptional circumstances where adults develop C-PTSD, it is most often seen in those whose trauma occurred in childhood”. 

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