Misdiagnosis of Post Childhood Trauma Symptoms in Adulthood: A Longstanding Obstacle to Recovery

IMG_0012This is the first post in a series revealing information for you to consider regarding a diagnosis  which has been assigned to you by a mental health professional, why it may be completely inaccurate, how that could happen and what that could mean for you long-term. At the end of this series you will know much more about yourself , the effects of your childhood trauma in your day-to-day life and a better understanding of the confusion it creates in your closest relationships. You will also come to realize that these effects do not comprise what you ‘are’ but rather what you ‘have.’  

“It is never too late to be who you really are.”  George Eliot

Because post childhood trauma symptoms in adulthood have not been comprehensively addressed in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), mental health professionals have had no option but to separate out our symptoms, or perceived sets of symptoms, and tuck them into neat little categories established as the currently accepted diagnoses. The problem with that is the possibility that the core issues may not be addressed in their entirety. There are many mental health professionals, well-versed in a multitude of healing modalities that are quite intuitive as to which to use when. Unfortunately they must justify each one to an insurance company and each modality must be congruent with what is in the DSM. Too often this leaves gaping holes in the treatment plan, despite the therapist’s best intentions.

In the following posts of this series are some of the most common diagnoses assigned to those struggling to overcome post childhood trauma symptoms in adulthood.

The diagnoses I will be covering are:  ADD/ADHD, Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD, Histrionic Personality Disorder and Bipolar Disorder II/Manic Depression (both the Manic and Depressed Phase)

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Copyright ©2014 Josephine Faulk, MPH (Excerpt from WORTHY: A Personal Guide For Healing Your Childhood Trauma by Josephine Faulk,MPH.

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