PTSD, Trauma, Abuse and Other Stress-Related Disorders: Hope for Healing and Recovery
The media has focused much needed attention on the harmful effects of modern war on returning veterans. As such, nearly everyone has heard of PTSD, which stands for post-traumatic stress disorder. This extra attention has helped many people with PTSD get the help they need. However, PTSD is only one type of unhealed trauma. As the following case illustrates, other lesser-known manifestations of trauma often go unnoticed and/or are misdiagnosed. We hope this article provides hope to anyone who is affected by trauma in all its many forms.
To everyone who knew her, Katrina was the very picture of success. She owned and operated a very successful and profitable business. She drove a nice car, owned a home in a nice neighborhood, and had four children who adored her. She generously volunteered her time to charitable organizations and regularly attended her children's school activities. In fact, nearly everyone who met Katrina really admired her.
Despite these outward signs of success, Katrina privately struggled with her romantic relationships. Katrina was on her third marriage and felt that it too was nearing its end. She could list a host of other relationships in between her marriages that always seemed to end the same way: Inevitably, her partners' initial gestures of love and care were replaced by verbally and emotionally abusive behaviors. Katrina...
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