Trauma-informed Recovery
  
Trauma and mental health
Numerous studies support that childhood trauma is significantly associated with mental health symptoms, especially psychosis. The greater and more frequent the trauma, the greater the risk. Consider the evidence:
 

Psychiatric drugs are not designed to address the potential childhood trauma and adversity that may be at the core of mental health symptoms. Drugs may be able to take the edge off, but they don’t resolve these issues.
Addressing trauma
There are a number of effective psychosocial therapies (e.g. talk therapies) that can be help people cope with and potentially overcome childhood adversity. Some of the most effective ones are shown in the graphic below.


Psychosocial approaches related to Post-traumatic stress are trauma-informed (i.e. sensitive to the particular needs of those who have experienced trauma) by their nature. Other approaches, including Cognitive behavioral therapy, peer support, and family therapy can be trauma-informed.

A full psychosocial review by a qualified and trusted therapist is important to help identify past adversity, recommend treatment, and aid recovery. Often, the quality of the relationship with the therapist is more important than the specific therapy used.

The following is a brief review of some of these psychosocial therapies, organized by diagnosis. For the full breath of available non-drug therapies, see Choices in Recovery.