What is Religious Trauma Syndrome?
"Religious Trauma Syndrome (RTS) is a function of both the chronic abuses of harmful religion and the impact of severing one's connection with one's faith and faith community. It can be compared to a combination of PTSD and Complex PTSD (C-PTSD)."
Trauma is not the event itself, but is the way the body holds its reaction to the event.
What is Deconstruction?
Deconstruction, in regard to religion, is creating space to question your beliefs. It can be as simple as analyzing your belief system and making minor tweaks. It can be as complex as losing your belief system entirely. Deconstruction can be both voluntary and in-voluntary, and it can be a combination of both. In cases that have created religious trauma, deconstruction often feels out of control as you watch your belief system shatter before your eyes, and many find themselves grasping at whatever they can to hold on to their previous belief system, not having a clue what will be left. It's typically a very scary time, and those individuals that experience deconstruction in this way often feel alone, confused, and like they've lost their identity.
Reconstruction occurs when we get to the point where we can allow ourselves to adjust and re-create our beliefs in whatever way we feel resonates at the time.
Deconstruction and reconstruction are not necessarily a one time thing, and are a necessary part of growth :).