Trauma specializes in hiding. It rarely wears a sign saying, “Hey, I’m right here!” In fact, it is frequently the opposite. People who have endured trauma commonly don’t even know it themselves. One of trauma’s favorite hiding places is in our very own brain — in the form of denial, minimization, or dissociative amnesia (the inability to remember that is not associated with usual everyday forgetfulness).
Trauma specializes in hiding. It rarely wears a sign saying, “Hey, I’m right here!”
One key aspect of trauma-informed care means that mental healthcare providers are aware that trauma likes to fly under the radar. As trauma hides out, it can manifest in all kinds of conditions that are paradoxically quite loud: post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, substance use disorder, dissociative identity disorder, borderline personality disorder, among many problems. Because trauma-informed care hasn’t been fully embraced and integrated throughout people-helper settings, one of trauma’s favorite hiding spots in our mental health system.
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