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If there are moments in your trauma history that get in the way of being the kind of parent you want to be, this group is for you. Here is a list of some common triggers for parents:
pregnancy and labor and the feeling of being out of control of one’s body
physically touching your child and your child touching you
the inability to get away from the source of anxiety because the source is your child
your child turning the age you were when the abuse began or occurred
guilt because of the lack of attachment to your child
having to put your child in care of someone else
basic childcare activities
To build support for parent survivors and to let you know that what you are experiencing is a perfectly normal reaction
To help you better understand the science behind how/why your body responds to triggers
To better understand the experience of parenting as a survivor of childhood abuse
What is a trigger?
A PTSD trigger is any experience, sound, touch, or sensation that makes a connection in your brain which causes your mind and body to feel as if you are re-living a traumatic moment in your history, or to fear that your child will experience the same trauma. Triggers usually fit into one or two categories: flashbacks or flash-forwards.
What happens when you are triggered?
Unexplainable physical ailments (GI issues, headaches, chronic pain)
Substance abuse to numb
Over or under-reactions to protect your child
Suicidal ideations and/or attempts
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