Emotion Dysregulation may be thought of as the inability to manage the intensity and duration of negative emotions such as fear, sadness, or anger. The effects of a prolonged negative emotion may be physically, emotionally, and behaviorally intense
There is extensive evidence linking emotional dysregulation to childhood trauma. When a child experiences an intense negative experience, recovery generally involves an adult caregiver taking control of the situation.
Caregivers struggling with PTSD or C-PTSD
often do not have the opportunity to learn emotion regulation skills. A traumatized parent who is unable to control their own emotions is unlikely to have the ability to help their child. In some cases, the traumatized parent may escalate the child’s distress with angry or fearful reactions to the child’s problems. In these cases, the child does not have the opportunity to learn valuable emotion regulation skills while growing up.
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