Signs Of Unresolved Trauma
The following list is used in the Intake process to help assess whether a person may be suitable for a Ross Institute Trauma Program.
1. Suicidal Ideation.
2. A pattern of out-of-control and self-injurious behavior.
3. Self-destructive addictions:
- a. Dual Diagnosis
- b. Eating Disorders
- c. Self Mutilation
- d. Sexual Addictions
4. Intrusive thoughts, images, feelings and nightmares.
6. Extensive comorbidity/multiple diagnoses.
7. Inability to tolerate feelings or conflicts.
8. Intense self-blame and feeling unworthy.
9. Staying stuck in the victim or perpetrator roles.
10. Disorganized attachment patterns.
11. Black and white thinking and other cognitive distortions.
12. Pathological dissociation.
The following are examples of the types of questions that might be asked to assess for trauma in one of the Ross Institute Trauma Programs:
HOW TO ASSESS FOR TRAUMA
1. Have you ever experienced emotional abuse? By whom?
2. Have you ever experienced neglect? By whom?
3. Have you ever experienced physical abuse? By whom?
4. Have you ever experienced sexual abuse? By whom?
5. Do you ever have intrusive thoughts or images regarding the (emotional, neglectful, physical, and or sexual) experience that you previously mentioned?
6. Do you ever experience flashbacks or feel like the abuse is still happening?
7. Are your presenting symptoms (suicidal ideation, homicidal ideation, inability to function, self injurious behaviors, or addictions) in any way associated with your past experience?
8. Do you ever lose time?
9. Do you feel you often act on impulses and don't have control over your behaviors?
10. Do you have difficulty managing feelings of anger, sadness, shame and rage?
11. How did your family express their feelings when you were growing up?