Hi Marty and Jennifer,
Thanks for sharing your stories, it requires incredible courage to open up and seek help. PTSD, and developmental trauma are modern-day 'silent epidemics', in the words of trauma expert, Bessel van der Kolk. A lot of people suffer in silence, trying to bury the memories which will not stay buried. Traumatic memories are encoded in the emotional brain, or the limbic system, which does not respond well to words and talk therapy. We have to remember that a lot of trauma occurs during childhood, a period when the frontal lobes are still developing and trauma can play havoc with this development.
On a positive note, there has been great progress recently into treatment of complex developmental trauma. I'd encourage you to read Bessel van der Kolk's book 'The body keeps the score' to begin with, to get to know about strategies which might work. A lot of the techniques he describes use the brain's neuroplasticity to heal the trauma. Therapies like EMDR and neurofeedback have an impressive evidence base. Working with a deeply empathic psychiatrist and psychologist experienced in this field would be the cornerstone of your recovery plan. Talk to your GP and get in touch with the right professionals to help you on your journey of recovery.
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