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Empowering Healing: State of Loc Nation launches Initiative to Support CPTSD Treatment and Resources

Wow, never did I ever think it would be a label associated with me, but it is.

Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after exposure to prolonged or repeated trauma. It is similar to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) but can also include symptoms such as emotional dysregulation, negative self-perception, and difficulty with interpersonal relationships.

Let me further explain, as I go through my self studies of what CPTSD is, what are its symptoms and treatments are, I began to realize that the very things in various communities are struggling with is this subtle monster called CPTSD Complex Post-Traumatic Stress. It amazes me how we become so functional in this dysfunction.

I'll share my life's timeline so you can see what I mean. 

As descendants of the tribe of Dan/Benjamin- Maroons-Clement-Hines and survivors of the illegal slave trade it is appropriate to say there is some residue in the oral law in the protection of the younger generation taught from the memories of trauma from the injustices of the illegal slave trade. Simply put, our elders wore CPTSD well and taught the next generation from this place of triumph and fear. With this being the foundation of the molding of childrens minds while experiencing a new age of trauma it is no wonder why we ourselves attract from a low frequency, a form of survivorship when in fact it rightfully should be a place of integrity and resilience. 

In my youth up until the age of about 11 years old. I remember my mother cries from her husband's physical abuse. (CPTSD) Going to public school where other children are mixed in with their own versions of CPTSD now becoming bullies to other children resulting in fights (CPTSD)

 Going to high school and now dating at a young age with no concepts of boundaries just love only to now feel a different version of pain.(CPTSD) Being from a Jamaican descent, at that time was not really accepted so the ridicule of being from another country gave other kids another reason to make fun of you. (CPTSD) Having a child at a young age, such as 17, can have a significant impact on a person's mental health and well-being. The challenges of being a parent at a young age can cause stress, anxiety, and depression, which can lead to feelings of overwhelm, isolation, and helplessness. (CPTSD) (CPTSD is now planted in the Next generation)

Let's focus our attention on young parents for a moment. Young parents may also face significant financial burdens, as they may struggle to balance work and parenting responsibilities. This can result in a lack of access to resources and support, which can further contribute to feelings of stress and anxiety.

In addition, young parents may face social stigma and discrimination, which can negatively impact their mental health and well-being. They may be judged or criticized by others for their decision to have a child at a young age, which can lead to feelings of shame and low self-esteem. (Especially being raised in any religious household)

It is important for young parents to receive adequate support and resources to promote their mental health and well-being, as well as the health and well-being of their child. This can include access to counseling, financial assistance, and other forms of support.

Being in an abusive relationship at a young age can have a significant impact on a person's mental health and overall well-being. Some potential effects may include:

1. Low self-esteem and self-worth: Abusive relationships can often involve emotional abuse, such as insults and put-downs, which can make a person feel unworthy or undeserving of love and respect.

2. Depression and anxiety: Constant fear, intimidation, and manipulation can lead to symptoms of depression and anxiety, including feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, and fear.

3. Trust issues: Abusive relationships often involve betrayals of trust, such as lying, cheating, or breaking promises, which can make it difficult for a person to trust others in the future.

4. Difficulty forming healthy relationships: After experiencing an abusive relationship, a person may struggle to form healthy relationships in the future, either because they fear being hurt again or because they do not know what a healthy relationship looks like.

5. Physical health problems: The stress and trauma of an abusive relationship can also have physical effects, such as headaches, stomach problems, and chronic pain.

It is important for anyone who has been in an abusive relationship to seek support and resources to help them heal and move forward in a healthy way. This may include therapy, support groups, or reaching out to hotlines or organizations that specialize in helping victims of abuse.

Alcohol Abuse

Another very important focus to heal from is Alcohol abuse as a coping mechanism.

Many households silently suffer from a member of their household who suffers from a form of Alcohol abuse who unknowingly is suffering from CPTSD.  Alcohol abuse can worsen the effects of the mental and emotional stressors that can come from being in an abusive relationship or becoming a parent at a young age. It can lead to further negative consequences, such as:

1. Increased risk of addiction: Using alcohol as a way to cope with stress or emotional pain can lead to addiction and make it more difficult to break the cycle of abuse or move past the challenges of being a young parent.

2. Mental health issues: Alcohol abuse can exacerbate mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These conditions may already be present due to the stress of the abusive relationship or the responsibilities of being a young parent.

3. Physical health problems: Alcohol abuse can lead to a variety of health problems, including liver disease, heart disease, and increased risk of certain cancers. It can also lead to accidents and injuries, which can be especially dangerous for someone already experiencing emotional or physical trauma.

4. Impaired judgment and decision-making: Excessive alcohol use can impair judgment and decision-making abilities, which can be particularly problematic for someone already facing difficult decisions related to parenting or leaving an abusive relationship.

Overall, alcohol abuse can make it more difficult for a person to cope with the challenges of being a young parent or leaving an abusive relationship and can lead to further negative consequences for both physical and mental health.  I have personally found healing from a very intentional fasting and prayer to remove the spirit of gluttony.

Experiencing accidents or traumatic events can further worsen a person's mental state, especially if they are already struggling with the effects of alcohol abuse or other issues such as being in an abusive relationship or having a child at a young age. Depending on the severity of the accident and the individual's coping mechanisms, it can lead to feelings of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health challenges. It is important for individuals who have experienced trauma to seek support from mental health professionals and loved ones to help them cope and heal. Dynasty Healing Corp can be a great start.

There are many possible traumas that can cause PTSD & CPTSD, and the following is a very relatable, non-exhaustive list:

1. Combat exposure

2. Sexual assault or abuse

3. Physical assault

4. Childhood neglect or abuse

5. Natural disasters

6. Car or other serious accidents

7. Witnessing violent crimes

8. Terrorism or political violence

9. Medical procedures

10. Kidnapping or captivity

11. Emotional abuse or neglect

12. Serious illness or injury

13. Severe bullying or harassment

14. Fire or explosion

15. Workplace trauma, such as first responders or medical personnel exposed to traumatic events

16. Loss of a loved one in a traumatic way

17. Cultural or systemic trauma, such as racism or discrimination

It's important to note that not everyone who experiences a traumatic event will develop PTSD, and that the severity and duration of symptoms can vary widely from person to person as well as on the other hand, continuous experiences of these events results in CPTSD, which the suggested solutions can help heal and get back to a happy, normal life of your perceptions.

Healing from isolation can be a challenging process, but there are several steps you can take to start the healing process:

1. Reach out for support: One of the most important steps to healing from isolation is to connect with others. Reach out to friends, family, or a therapist to start building a support network.

2. Start small: If you're feeling overwhelmed, start by taking small steps towards connection. For example, you could try attending a social event or volunteering in your community.

3. Practice self-care: Taking care of your physical and emotional needs is important in the healing process. Make time for activities you enjoy, such as exercise or meditation.

4. Challenge negative thoughts: Isolation can lead to negative self-talk and beliefs. Challenge these thoughts and try to focus on more positive and realistic thinking.

5. Learn new skills: Building new skills and hobbies can help increase feelings of self-worth and connection. Consider taking a class or trying a new activity.

6. Practice vulnerability: Sharing your experiences and feelings with others can be scary, but it's an important step towards healing. Practice vulnerability with people you trust and feel safe with.

7. Seek professional help: If you're struggling to cope with feelings of isolation, consider seeking professional help from a therapist or counselor. They can provide additional support and guidance on the healing process.

How to select the right help

A qualified professional to treat complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) typically has the following qualifications:

1. Education: The professional should have a degree in psychology, counseling, or a related field. This includes a Bachelor's degree for some positions and a Master's or Doctoral degree for others.

2. Licensure: The professional should be licensed by the state in which they practice. This ensures that they have met certain requirements and standards in their training and practice.

3. Experience: The professional should have experience working with trauma survivors, particularly those with CPTSD. This can come from internships, residencies, or previous jobs.

4. Training: The professional should have received specialized training in treating trauma, particularly CPTSD. This can come in the form of workshops, seminars, or specialized certification programs.

5. Compassion: The professional should demonstrate a deep sense of empathy and understanding for the trauma survivor. They should be patient, kind, and able to create a safe and supportive environment for their clients.

6. Cultural competency: The professional should be knowledgeable about cultural differences and how they may impact a person's experience of trauma and recovery. They should be respectful of diverse backgrounds and able to adapt their approach to meet the needs of each individual client.

It's important to note that each individual's experience of CPTSD is unique, and finding a qualified professional who is a good fit for you may require some trial and error. It's also important to prioritize your own safety and well-being in seeking treatment for CPTSD.

Suggested Solutions

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) are two evidence-based therapeutic approaches that have been shown to be effective in treating complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD). 

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy that focuses on changing negative beliefs and thought patterns that have developed as a result of trauma. The therapy helps individuals identify and challenge these negative thoughts, and replace them with more realistic and positive ones. CPT also teaches coping skills for managing distressing emotions, such as anxiety and anger. 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is another type of cognitive-behavioral therapy that combines cognitive and behavioral techniques with elements of mindfulness and acceptance. DBT aims to help individuals regulate their emotions and improve their interpersonal relationships. It teaches skills for emotion regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness. 

Both CPT and DBT are typically delivered in individual or group therapy sessions, and the length of treatment can vary depending on the severity of the individual's symptoms and their response to therapy. These therapies are typically conducted by mental health professionals who are trained and certified in these specific approaches, such as licensed psychologists, social workers, or counselors. 

In the State of Loc Nation, we are acquiring funding to support a variety of mental health professionals who may be qualified to provide CPT or DBT therapy for individuals with CPTSD. It is important for individuals to seek out a therapist who has experience and training in treating trauma-related disorders and who they feel comfortable working with. Additionally, support groups and other community resources may be available to individuals with CPTSD and their families. It is important for individuals to prioritize self-care and seek out the help and support they need to heal from the effects of trauma.


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