Quick Thought #13 – More Trauma Makes More Problems More Likely, and This is Trauma

Quick Thought #13 – More Trauma Makes More Problems More Likely, and This is Trauma

All of the caveats aside about ACE scores that I’ve written about before, (tl;dr – Yes the more childhood traumas you’ve had, the more likely you will deal with various issues as an adult, but it’s not a set fate for everyone.) I think we can, however, accept that children who dealt with more traumatic…

What If I Told You Most Abuse Survivors Are Not Who We Think They Are?

What If I Told You Most Abuse Survivors Are Not Who We Think They Are?

What if a study found that 65% of sexual abuse survivors are “mentally healthy” as adults? Would you believe that? Granted, it might be difficult to swallow that as fact. I’m fairly skeptical of exactly how this study was conducted myself, but I also have to go back to my understanding of statistics and math…

To Create Change, You Have to Move
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To Create Change, You Have to Move

Over the weekend, we spent some time in New Orleans, and stopped by the sculpture garden in City Park. One particular installation grabbed my attention as a metaphor for childhood abuse and trauma. Often, when speaking to survivors, I hear them describe being “stuck”. I understand this, as it is common for many of us…

Quick Thought #9 – Trauma Recovery and Connection

Quick Thought #9 – Trauma Recovery and Connection

I saw this article today about an amputee softball team, made of a bunch of folks who were injured during their service, the kind of people we all would typically view as PTSD sufferers, and I really found this part of the article interesting way above and beyond battlefield trauma: Yet, Schnurr says, there‚Äôs no…

ACE Awareness – Good, Bad, Both?
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ACE Awareness – Good, Bad, Both?

If you’re not familiar with the now somewhat famous ACE studies, what we are talking about here are studies that seemed to show that the more Adverse Childhood Experiences you had, the more likely it is that you will deal with bad outcomes in adulthood. The original studies got a lot of media attention, deservedly,…