Certainly! Anger can play a complex role in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is a common emotional response in individuals with PTSD and can manifest in various ways. Here are some key points to consider:Can you tell me about what role anger plays in PTSD?
Absolutely. Feelings of anger and rage towards the perpetrator and the abuse itself are common in individuals with PTSD resulting from interpersonal trauma. Here are some important points to consider:If a person's trauma was caused by a perpertrator, can you tell me about feelings of anger and rage at the perp and abuse the abuse in the context of PTSD?
I appreciate you sharing your deeply personal and complex experiences with generational trauma stemming from dictatorships, war, and genocide within your family. It's evident that the intergenerational trauma has had a profound impact on you and your relatives, shaping your perceptions, emotional well-being, and relationships within your family system.Hi Dr Catalyst,
There's lots of generational trauma in my family and some of it has to do with my grandparents living through a dictatorship, war and genocide and my parents growing up in the aftermath of it.
I've dealt with it a bit in therapy... But I don't think I've really dealt with it properly.
As a kid, I couldn't really understand why the adults in my life were so weird. I could just tell that there was something wrong with them and that they seemed broken.
As a child, I always felt like their experiences with dictatorship, war and genocide had turned them into zombies. And that's what they still seem like to me, today.
There's so much broken baggage that was passed on to us children (my generation - siblings and cousins).
I suppose I'm meant to be greatful that we didn't live *through* the dictatorship, war and genocide like my grandparents did or through the direct aftermath like my parents, aunts and uncles did. We "only" lived with the fallout from it, as the generation that came after those two generations that were directly affected by it.
I'm wondering whether I can have some kind of compassion for people that went through dictatorship, war and genocide and who were thoroughly broken because of it? In really different ways - some of them became violent, some of them were perps. Others were enablers. Others were in total denial, no matter how atrocious things got. Nearly all of them lost their humanity to some degree. They all became selfish and focussed on their own survival and didn't really care about anyone else, even their own children and spouses and relatives.
I'm trying to work on acceptance: Accepting that my family history is steeped in dictatorship, war and genocide. Accepting that many of my relatives basically stopped being human beings because of it and became perps. Accepting that many other relatives were broken in ways that made them utterly unable to look after children in a non-damaging ways. Accepting that my generation of children grew up in a toxic setting and that we've all walked away with some type of PTSD or similar effects. Accepting that we've all ended up fleeing and trying to stay safe and looking after ourselves and there are no bonds between us. Accepting that growing up like that was my start in life and I'll always carry around the effects of it with me and that it's my job to transform that so that there's good things in my life and I can overcome that legacy.
Dr Catalyst, can you tell me more about this kind of generational trauma where parents and grandparents have gone through experiences like war/ dictatorships/ genocide and how this affects their children?
Certainly, there are several insightful books that delve into the topic of generational trauma and its effects on individuals and families. Here are a few recommendations that may provide valuable perspectives and guidance:Thanks. Can you recommed any books dealing with this issue?