Trauma doesn't occur in a vacuum, and neither do the symptoms related to past trauma and abuse. Families are affected in a number of ways, and this post presents some current thinking on the topic. The articles referenced are listed at bottom, and numbered in the text. Trauma therapy for individuals strives to not only help people to locate and relieve disturbing symptoms, but to find positive motivations in the present to move forward. It's not much different with families.
50% of individuals who seek out any type of therapy, including marriage therapy, have a major trauma in their past. (statistic from "The Body Keeps the Score" by Bessel Van Der Kolk, 2015) When most think "trauma," they think PTSD, and, "That's only happens to soldiers, or people who are sexually abused." Many do not realize that their irritability, anxiety, depression, marriage problems, or misdiagnosed Bipolar Disorder, may actually due to trauma disorder that is not PTSD.
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