What exactly is containment and how does it relate to CPTSD? When it comes to managing the symptoms of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD), containment is a crucial aspect of the healing process.
Containment refers to the ability to regulate and manage intense emotions that may be triggered by traumatic memories or experiences. For individuals with CPTSD, emotional flooding and dissociation are common symptoms that can make it difficult to process and cope with these emotions.
Understanding Containment for CPTSD
It is important to understand that containment is not about suppressing or repressing emotions, but rather about creating a safe space for them to be experienced and processed. When emotions are overwhelming and dissociation occurs, it is not possible to process them effectively. This is where containment comes in, providing a way to reconnect with and manage these emotions without becoming overwhelmed again.
Building Resilience through Containment for CPTSD
Each time an individual with CPTSD is able to reconnect with and contain an overwhelming emotion, they build up resilience. This resilience allows them to contain more of the emotion in the future and gradually process it.
It is not easy task, and it may require professional help and support. But by working on containment, individuals with CPTSD can begin to regain a sense of control and stability in their lives.
Video resource on Containment for CPTSD
If you are interested in learning more about containment and how it relates to CPTSD, I have created a video that goes into more detail. In this video, I discuss different techniques and strategies that can be used to improve containment and manage the symptoms of CPTSD.
In conclusion, Containment is a crucial aspect of the healing process, allowing individuals to reconnect with and manage overwhelming emotions without dissociating or becoming overwhelmed again. Through the practice of containment, individuals can build resilience and regain a sense of control in their lives.
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