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Navigating the Complexities of ADHD, PTSD, Trauma, and Substance Use: Insights from Daniel, Donna, and British Columbia Trauma Counsellor, Suze Doucette.


A profound journey unfolds as individuals grapple with the intricate interconnections of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and substance use. Daniel, our host, leads us through a conversation with Co-host Donna and Suze Doucette, a Trauma Counsellor offering a glimpse into the challenges and subtleties of these intertwined issues.


Daniel and Suze introduce us to the heritability of ADHD, shedding light on its impact on executive functioning and the regulation of attention, emotions, and impulses. This understanding forms a common ground among parents and their children, fostering shared experiences of grappling with constant attention demands, emotional regulation, and navigating risks.


Suze's narrative brings a fresh perspective, delving into the intricate relationship between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse. Studies consistently highlight the high comorbidity between PTSD and substance use disorders, particularly in adolescents. Suze's journey unfolds as a testament to the intricate challenges individuals face in dealing with trauma, often resorting to substance use as a coping mechanism.


The research extends beyond traditional contexts, emphasizing the necessity of a nuanced understanding applicable to civilian populations, especially females. Recent studies unravel the complex interplay of childhood trauma, substance use, and PTSD, exploring the dosage effect and potential additive relationship between these factors in predicting PTSD symptomology.


In this multifaceted exploration of ADHD, trauma, and substance use, Suze provides invaluable perspectives. Her experiences invite us to navigate this complex landscape with empathy, understanding, and a commitment to unraveling the layers of ADHD, trauma, and recovery. Check out this episode to see for yourself.



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