Did you know your coping mechanisms you used to get through trauma and cope in the aftermath can actually contribute to development, severity, and persistence of PTSD? Read this post from Victim Services in Ontario, Canada.
There has been a tremendous amount of research and knowledge that has really jumped forward over the past decade when it comes to trauma. We understand it better and in doing so we are also learning more effective methods of helping to teach people to cope. Many things we thought were ‘best practice’ in the 1980’s are actually things that we know now will cause more harm than good.
One thing we find with trauma and that we try to help educate people about is how the very things they have done to help them get by and cope, can now get in their way. Recovery is associated with helping people to reestablish previous activities. Basically to get back to living the life they were before. Our coping mechanisms can interfere with that process and can actually impede with recovery.
Coping mechanisms are largely thought and / or behavioural patterns that we engage in…
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