Triggers suck. There, I said it. Granted, that’s probably not the most eloquent way to start a blog post. But it is the most honest I can be about the way it feels to stumble around a psychological minefield of trauma triggers, hoping and praying that one doesn’t go off. In my journey of learning […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Post-traumatice stress disorder (PTSD) occurs when an event overcomes the brain’s ability to cope. The National Institute of Mental Health explains that PTSD occurs among those who have experienced shocking or scary events and have trouble recovering from the trauma. PTSD is experienced by children and the elderly, men and women, with varying symptoms. In […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
When I was five, my parents took me to the hospital, where my tonsils were removed and I spent the night. Alone. I felt shocked and abandoned when my parents left at the end of visiting hours. But in the sixties visiting hours were visiting hours, and parents went home. Even if their kids were […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Terrorist attacks. School shootings. Racial injustice. Politics. Is that story in the news robbing you of sleep at night? Even though you know better, do you find yourself needing to read every article, blog post, FB post or Twitter post about the story and its horrible aftermath? Are you obsessively watching ongoing coverage and/or […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
A recent report out of Singapore discusses the use of play therapy for the treatment of PTSD in children. Play therapy has been regarded as one effective means of helping children recover from traumatic experiences. In a recent Korean double murder case, a child who was the son of a victim drew pictures in memory […]Continue Reading... 4 Comments.
This week trauma comes to the forefront of our national awareness again as we watch the Colorado fires rage. Most people think of childhood trauma in terms of tragedies that are covered in the national like the Sandy Hook shooting, the Oklahoma tornadoes, or three Ohio girls who were abducted and held in captivity for […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Psychologist Dr. Thomas Brunner talks about how to prepare children for trauma and build resiliency into their character. He believes five elements are crucial. In a previous blog post we talked about touch on the first two qualities: building self-esteem and insight and building a sense of hope. Dr. Brunner also emphasizes the importance of developing three […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
School shootings and other types of traumatic experiences can have long-lasting effects, but with proper support and early intervention, children can heal and move beyond the trauma. Nancy Rodda, senior director of clinical services for Genessee County Community Mental Health in Flint, Michigan, states, “With the right help, children are very resilient. We have many different […]Continue Reading... 2 Comments.