Overcoming the Guilt Associated with Childhood Trauma
When you are struggling with childhood trauma perhaps you are thinking:
- That somehow you could have prevented the traumatic event.
- That you are responsible for the trauma occurring.
- That you are not important as a person.
Part of treatment for PTSD, especially for childhood trauma, is recognizing that it wasn’t your fault. After all, you were a child at the time. You can’t be responsible for someone else’s actions. Your therapist can help you work through this process.
Exposure Therapy for Treatment for PTSD
One method therapists use is exposure therapy. This is where a traumatized individual is gradually, under controlled circumstances, exposed to memory triggers. This could be as simple as closing your eyes and describing a memory. In other instances, you might be exposed to a sound, smell, or an object that reminds you of your trauma. As you experience the memory, you talk with your therapist to process what is happening. The idea is that, over time, your mind will be able to recognize that you are no longer in that dangerous situation and relax.
Treating Other Issues Related to Childhood Trauma
When receiving treatment for PTSD connected to childhood trauma, other issues may arise that need to be resolved too. For instance:
- Unstable living situations.
- Substance abuse such as alcohol or drug use.
These other issues can be addressed as you begin to understand and heal from your childhood trauma.
Finding Support for Healing Childhood Trauma
Your therapist is not the only support you can utilize when healing from childhood trauma and other mental health issues too. Whether it’s in Rexburg, ID or a larger community, there are support groups for PTSD and related issues. There may also be government and non-profit services available too.
Treatment for PTSD is important for resolving issues related to childhood trauma. With support from a therapist and peers you can begin to understand what happened, and begin the process of closure.
It’s possible to lead a healthy life and overcome childhood trauma well.