Reframing Ministries

Colleen Swindoll Thompson

How Do I Attend to My Child’s Trauma?

February 18, 2021
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In the Civil War, it was called a “soldier’s heart.”
During the Industrial Revolution, it was “compensation neurosis.”
During World War I, it was labeled “shell shock.”
In World War II, it was defined as “battle fatigue or combat exhaustion.”
During the Korean and Vietnam Wars, experts called it “stress response syndrome.”

Finally, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) got it right:

PTSD can affect any person who has survived a traumatizing, overwhelming, terrifying event, such as rape, physical and mental abuse, school shootings, divorce, loss of a loved one, physical illness, prolonged exposure to anything that overwhelms our bodies and affects how the brain functions.

Jolene Philo is an expert in the study and treatment of PTSD. Her son was born with life-threatening problems resulting in numerous surgeries—invasive procedures performed without pain medication . . . because it was believed that “children don’t remember pain.” Current research shouts against such ignorance; our minds and bodies do remember trauma. If PTSD is left unattended to, those affected exist in a compromised state. In this revisited interview, Jolene discusses the most current research on PTSD as well as healing treatments.

No one understands our pain like Jesus Christ. He endured every form of mistreatment to the point of death; therefore, He understands our pain and sorrow. He also calls us to care for one another in love—to listen, help, and provide support for healing.

Show Notes:

You can find all of Jolene’s resources, books, blog posts, speaking engagements, and online communities here. You can purchase Jolene’s book Does My Child Have PTSD? on Amazon. Jolene also referenced Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, which can be purchased on Amazon.

To visit the trauma therapy website Jolene mentioned, tap or click here.

Tap or click here to learn more about Dr. Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing.

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About Reframing Ministries

Reframing Ministries was created and is wholeheartedly committed to caring for caregivers and those living with significant challenges. As a ministry, Reframing embraces those who suffer. We understand that life is messy and painful; we also know without healthy support, surviving well is impossible. At some point in your life, you will need care on some level, and you will be called to provide care for others who are suffering. Because of Colleen’s experience as a caregiver, ongoing physical pain, her education in psychology and certification as a life coach, Reframing Ministries is equipped to come alongside families, communities, and churches with resources purposed to equip you to live well and help others live well. We offer help and hope through books, written articles, inspiring interviews, online support groups, personal emails, podcasts, and a collective network of authentic world influencers.

You are here for a reason! YOU matter! Your story is so important. Reframing Ministries invites you to embrace life’s challenges, learn how to shift your perspective, walk alongside other’s in need, and be an inspiration to others as the light and life of Jesus shines through you.

About Colleen Swindoll Thompson

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