How Caregiving Can Liberate Caregivers From Past Trauma
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Past trauma most commonly complicates caregiving when caregivers previously experienced verbal, physical or sexual abuse at the hands of those they are caring for now. Those caregivers typically feel trapped doing what is expected of them while being used once again by the people who hurt them earlier in their lives.

But being traumatized by anyone at any point in life can leave adult children with feelings of helplessness, a lack of emotional safety, and the sense they are being mistreated, which are heightened by the demands, necessary self-sacrifices and, often, thanklessness of caregiving. Mental health professionals would say that becoming a caregiver triggers their past emotions and fears.

How can family caregivers with trauma histories separate past and present experiences and make caregiving more bearable — even therapeutic?

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