This is why so many complex trauma survivors have physical illness issues. Complex trauma survivors commonly also suffer Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Pain, Adrenal Fatigue, plus many other physical illness.
Many of us who suppressed the trauma and needed emotions, have long term health issues.
This combined with the affect the trauma itself has on the survivor – physically, emotionally, psychologically, can be very severe.
This requires compassion.
And why I strongly advise people to ignore any advice that involves avoidance of trauma – as is commonly expressed by new age attitudes, and many religious attitudes.
Avoidance, suppression of trauma and the needed emotions about it – is never healthy long term. Continue reading