Healing from childhood abuse



Trauma is stored in the right amygdala as implicit memory at the time it occurs.


It is stored along side your capabilities at that age.  Abused at five or ten and you feel like a child when trauma erupts. 


Part of healing integrates this trauma to the present moment.


My trauma is many decades old and my abuser is dead, so real danger is a mirage in real life.


The adrenaline and cortisol that jolts my nervous system is real. Our fight or flight mechanism is broken, reading danger everywhere.


Our goal is to integrate this implicit memory to now. We are not a 10-year-old anymore and have many more skills and alternatives now.


Our trauma happened before our minds developed fully thus confusing development with trauma.


Know the mechanism and characteristics of your abuse.  Write your triggers down to limit their power and their ability to impact your nervous system.


Develop a plan and a daily practice to confront this disorder.


Take action!



5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by jeanetteirene on November 30, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    This is excellently said and it is a great reminder about how PTSD works. It has been a week of implementing some self-care (to be) habits. Breathing …….. and clearing my mind, back to routined exercises ……. and back to writing. I did (accidentally) write about some triggers that happen currently, especially when I am also working with a wave of grieving (holiday emotions). And my writing helped me understand myself better …… and now I can build a plan around such triggers, so I don’t derail myself. I thank the insights of this site for helping feed my soul.


  2. Always go back to basics

    Stay present
    Let thought go

  3. Posted by caroeardley on January 8, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    So true…but I felt very empwered when I read Peter Walkers setion on triggers in his book C-PTSD – I never realised that when I woke up with ‘helpless & hopeless’ feeling – not the best start to the day – that I was triggered whilst slleping – dreams? – and – funny thing – since I found that out, I can shrug it off soo much more easliy! Ta-dah! It’s just a thought! No be off with you – I’ve got stuff I want to do!

  4. In fact 50,000 to 60,000 thoughts cross our path each day neuroscientist tell us.

    In default mode they are about unworthiness of the i, me mine

  5. The happiest people let these thoughts go and energize in the reality of this moment

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