Complex Trauma

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“More than 1.8 millions service members were deployed to the Iraq (OIF) and Afghanistan (OEF) wars with an estimated 1/3 that served more than one tour of duty; 58% have family obligations (p., 286. 284). These men and woman came home and had to reintegrate into civilian life and possibly suffered from mental health disorders or bodily injuries including TBI. The children and family members of those that serviced also at risk of being impacted psychologically and possibly physically as a result of the deployment and the impact of war on their family member. This paper examined the cost of war on the children of military personal and veterans that served in combat, specifically as it relates to complex trauma. Before examining the impact of…show more content…
Complex trauma is different then a singular traumatic event or even multiple traumatic events that happen over time in many ways, two key differences are that the trauma is prolonged and was result of a caregivers actions or lack there of, which has the potential to have a immediate and long-term consequences on a child. The “key domains that can be impacted are “attachment, biology, affect regulation, dissociation, behavioral control, cognition, and self-concept https://sc-msw.s3.amazonaws.com/prod/MSW+528+Child+and+Adolescent+Trauma/Readings/Complex+Trauma+White+Paper-2.pdf…show more content…
A younger child would have no understanding of why their parent was acting differently. An older child would be able to use logic and reasoning to comprehend the reason for the differences, but would not be immune to the impact of disorders. The trauma of having a parent with a mental illness puts a child at risk of attachment issues and complex trauma. The parent may have difficult time being attuned to their child; assisting the child in learning to self-sooth; modeling healthy coping models; or they may neglect their children to varying degrees. Additionally if the parent with the mental health disorder perpetrated IVP, the child is again exposed to
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