“All those years you tried your best to break me, and I’m still here. One day you’ll see, I’m going to make something of myself.” These words were Dave Pelzer’s declaration of independence to his mother, and they represented the ultimate act of self-reliance.
TF-CBT is a structured, short-term, effective treatment for children and adolescents (ages 3-18) who have experienced trauma. As the gold-standard of child trauma treatments, it has been repeatedly shown to successfully resolve emotional and behaviorally difficulties associated with trauma.
In this instant classic of developmental psychology, a renowned psychiatrist examines the effect that trauma can have on a child, reveals how PTSD impacts the developing mind, and outlines the path to recovery.
Repetitive trauma during childhood can impact your emotional development, creating a ripple effect that carries into adulthood. Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) is a physical and psychological response to these repeated traumatic events.
At the individual level, the psychological effects of trauma can be acute or long term, depending on a person’s experience and access to care. But at the community level, a complex and collective experience of trauma can lead to irreparable harm that lasts for generations.