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The workplace can be a re-traumatizing place for trauma survivors. Toxic work environments, unrealistic expectations, demanding bosses, multiple competing priorities, not to mention the ever-present trauma triggers lurking at every turn. For those of us trying to manage the long-term effects of childhood trauma, it is not unusual for us to use “tried and true” methods to ensure our safety in the workplace; however, using those coping methods comes with a cost. As we engage in this...


I was talking to someone recently about my desire to help trauma survivors overcome the lasting effects of trauma on their careers, and the comment I got was, “Wow, I can tell you are really passionate about that.”

I have heard this so much throughout my career that it started to sound like being passionate was somehow dirty or wrong. As a trauma survivor, I don’t always know how to receive the comments I get from people. Are they speaking in code? Are they saying something I should be picking up on? Does everyone else understand this social cue, and I just don’t?

I started...


In the previous article in this series, we reviewed the World Health Organization’s (WHO) definition of CPTSD, explored the CPTSD-specific symptoms, and how those symptoms show up in the workplace. In this article, we will continue our exploration of the symptoms, focusing on PTSD (baseline symptoms) and talk about how these show up in the workplace.

PTSD Symptoms

The definition above states that all of the diagnostic requirements for PTSD are met, but it does not re-state what they are.

According to the ICD-11, PTSD is “characterised by all of the...


In the first article in this series, I introduced you to my experience with suddenly having to manage the effects of CPTSD in the workplace. Today, I would like us to explore the symptoms of CPTSD, as they are classified in the World Health Organization (WHO) International Classification of Disease (ICD-11), how these symptoms may show up in the workplace, and provide you some guidance on how to manage your symptoms in the workplace.

What is Complex PTSD?

In 2017, the World Health Organization recognized complex post-traumatic stress disorder in the...


Sometimes, managing the symptoms of CPTSD and developmental trauma seems like a full-time job, but I already have a full-time career. How can I make it through the workday without totally falling apart? How can I continue to perform at work when I keep getting triggered? Have you ever asked yourself those questions? I frequently ask myself some of those same questions.


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