Why Aren’t Trauma Survivors Warned That Parenthood May Be a PTSD Trigger?

This speaks volumes. Awareness is key, if some one could eradicate abuse that would be great until then I’m on a mission to raise awareness for childhood abuse survivors, specifically those who become parents. It should be integral to recovery and therapy.

Trigger Points: Childhood Abuse Survivors Experiences of Parenting

For many survivors of childhood abuse, symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may re-occur, or never arise, until they become a parent. A significant number of parenting survivors do not recognize the increased depression, anxiety, or onset of flashbacks as symptoms of PTSD, weaving in and out their journey to raise a family. Instead, many will internalize debilitating shame and question their ability, and even their right to parent.

According to the National Center for Victims of Crimes, 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys will be a victim of sexual abuse. The abused children all have one thing in common – they eventually become adults. Naturally, most of these adults become parents, many whom have never spoke about what happened to them, leaving trauma symptoms to lie dormant, festering, until acts of Parenting 101 expose them to triggers which send them spiraling. Most suffer silently, alone…

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