When I first started my own healing journey, I was in such denial of my own traumatic childhood, my addictions and self-abuse. I started to understand my trauma after first giving up my addiction of alcohol which had masked the trauma and then began therapy. The memories of the trauma surfaced gradually of their own accord in therapy and consequently, I was able to recognize my PTSD and DID as a direct result of the trauma. Because I had severe trauma, including ritual abuse, I had severe PTSD and DID. I want to add that not all trauma survivors have PTSD or DID, it depends on the type of trauma, whether the family of origin is involved and one’s resilence, among many other factors.
Over the many, many years of healing, I am pleased to say I rarely have PTSD now and DID. One can survive heavy trauma and go on to lead a productive life full of joy, enthusiam, spirituality and a deeper appreciation of life.
Trauma & Risk Factors