Endorsed by Curators:
Given that trauma affects the body in numerous ways, coping mechanisms and other responses to trauma often manifest in physical symptoms and processes that change how the body feels. Some problematic responses may be eliminated without long-term negative effects on the body. However, coping mechanisms such as eating disorders and compulsive sexual behavior involve both vital physical processes and healthy core desires. Maladaptive behaviors in these categories often create new trauma. Since eliminating eating and/or sexuality is not a viable treatment path, treatment for problematic behaviors in these areas must help trauma survivors embrace their bodies desires and separate them from the traumas themselves.