People who have experienced complex trauma, including from childhood, can live full and constructive lives. Some people who experience complex trauma live fulfilling lives from the time of the trauma, while others face different barriers to full participation at different times. Some function well but struggle to live fully in the present.
Many survivors do come to thrive and enjoy a feeling of wholeness, satisfaction in life and work, and genuine love and trust in relationships. Relationships are very important for recovery. Healthy relationships of connection and support help people recover from trauma and promote well-being. They also help overcome the isolation, alienation and loneliness many survivors experience.