Healing From Complex Trauma & PTSD/CPTSD

A journey to healing from complex trauma.


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The Mighty Are Publishing An Article & Asked Me To Be An ‘Official Mighty Contributor’ ~ Lilly Hope Lucario

I sent The Mighty one of my more recent articles and they have responded to confirm they will publish it.

They have also asked me to be an ‘Official Mighty Contributor’ and have set up a profile for me – which is great!

I am very excited to be able to raise more awareness and understanding about Complex Trauma and Complex PTSD, abuse and child abuse.

It is my motivation to share insight into how prolonged and severe abuse, as both a child and adult – affects survivors. Continue reading


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Dissociation – One Of The Key Symptoms Of Complex PTSD ~ Lilly Hope Lucario

dissociation is

Complex trauma – is ongoing interpersonal trauma within a captivity situation, where the victim perceives there to be no viable escape. Examples are ongoing child abuse, sexual exploitation into pornography/prostitution, severe domestic violence.

Dissociation is a severe

but normal reaction,

to severe and abnormal

life experiences.

When a person is experiencing ongoing severe abuse, the brain can develop various forms of dissociation, to cope with these abnormal life experiences. It is a very adaptable form of coping, and one that many survivors are thankful to have developed, to cope.

Dissociation is on a continuum, which can range from ‘zoning out’, frequent daydreaming, through to disorders that impact the survivor on a daily basis, such as Dissociative Identity Disorder.

Dissociation continues even after the survivor no longer is experiencing the severe trauma. When life impacting – it is advisable to seek experienced trauma therapy, with someone adequately trained to help survivors with Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders. Continue reading


The Most Terribly Abused & Abandoned Child ~ Lilly Hope Lucario

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Unless someone has experienced this, they will not fully comprehend how terrible a childhood like this, is for a vulnerable child. Or comprehend the life impacting consequences of this.

To not have one safe, caring adult in a child’s life, means the child is terribly abandoned and always unsafe.

No wonder the child grows into an adult who has such deep trust issues, and never feels ‘safe enough’. Continue reading