I can’t believe I am starting my 5th year writing Treating Trauma! I surely have not been blogging as frequently this past year and I continue to miss that, and my interactions with all of you!
I must admit, I do enjoy all the year in review and best of 2013 lists this time of year. WordPress provides bloggers with their own version. I thought I’d share some of it with my readers.
Attractions in 2013
Wow! This blog was viewed about 130,000 times in 2013. I am so glad to be part of this important conversation about trauma and healing. As you can see, some of my most popular posts were written well before 2013. This highlights how much we need access to information about complex trauma, dissociation, and that healing is possible! I feel inspired to contribute more, new content for 2014.
These are the posts that got the most views in 2013.
One of my most popular recent posts was How to Avoid an Abuser: Understanding Grooming. I was honored that one of my favorite bloggers, Captain Awkward, helped folks find this post.
How did they find you?
I find it fascinating that such varied sites refer to my blog. I also learn a lot from the search terms that lead you here. For 2013, the most common search terms leading to Treating Trauma were complex ptsd, questions, ptsd, complex ptsd treatment, and emdr. This helps me know what you want to know!
As do your comments. The most commented on post in 2013 was Reader Question: Treating Emotional Numbness. What could be better than a reader-inspired blog post? It seems you all agree! For 2014, I welcome more questions and suggested topics. What do you want to know about trauma and healing?
Who knows what 2014 will bring? May we meet it with acceptance and make of it what we need! I feel great appreciation for all of you who have connected with me here and look forward to what the new year will bring.
Posted in Complex Trauma, Dissociation, Health, Holidays, Psychologist, Therapy
Tagged Complex post-traumatic stress disorder, Complex PTSD, Complex PTSD Treatment, Complex Trauma, Dissociation, Mental Health, Posttraumatic stress disorder, Trauma Therapy
Today is Suicide Prevention Day. Do you know that suicide deaths account for more than half of all violent deaths in the world? I have written previously about suicide and trauma survivors as well as how anti-gay bullying can increase suicide risk for LGBT youth. We talk about suicide to decrease the stigma and silence that prevent those in need from seeking help. We talk about suicide so we all can become better informed and thus able to see warning signs in time to reach out to those we know who are struggling. We talk about suicide to remember those we have lost and support each other in the aftermath.
What do you think when you hear “You Cannot Be Replaced”? If you are depressed or if you are struggling with shame and self-blame following traumatic events you may have a hard time believing this. Your negative self-talk (or punitive dissociated parts) may tell you that you do not matter, that friends and family would be better off with out you. I want you to know that these negative beliefs are simply not true. They are lies born of pain and internalized from the abuse of others. You do matter, and nothing about suicide can make the world a better place. Help is available.
How can you get involved?
- Seek help immediately if you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thought or feelings: Go to your nearest emergency room, contact a mental health professional or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
- Light a candle near a window tonight at 8pm to show your support for suicide prevention, to remember a lost loved one, and for the survivors of suicide.
- Join the Official World Suicide Prevention Day Facebook Event Page.
- Participate in TWLOHA’s “You Cannot Be Replaced” campaign.
- Support the Trevor Project, the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.
Posted in Activism, Depression, Dissociation, Health, Mental Health, Psychologist, Suicide, Trauma
Tagged Dissociation, LGBT, Mental Health, Suicide, Suicide Prevention, To Write Love on Her Arms, Trauma, World Suicide Prevention Day
June is PTSD Awareness Month. Here is another oldie but goodie of mine plus other resources, as previously promised.
PTSD is just one of the effects of trauma. People experience a range of reactions following a traumatic event. Visit this page at the Department of Veterans Affairs to learn more about other common problems and reactions related to experiencing trauma.
Impact of Trauma
I’ve defined what therapists mean when we talk about trauma. Now I’d like to elaborate on its impact and why you might want to seek therapy for help in the aftermath of traumatic experiences. How does it impact a person and what can be done about it?
Trauma impacts many and has further reaching consequences than is usually understood. Kessler et al. (1995) found that 60% of men and 51% of women in the general population reported at least one traumatic event at some time in their lives. Almost 17% of men and 13% of women who had some trauma exposure had actually experienced more than three such events. As a therapist, I expect that most people seeking help will have experienced some sort of trauma in their lives.…
June is PTSD Awareness Month. As promised yesterday, I am sharing this 2009 post of mine to start with the basics: understanding trauma. I resonate with the following quote:
“Traumatic events are extraordinary, not because they occur rarely, but rather because they overwhelm the ordinary human adaptations to life.” — Judith Herman, Trauma and Recovery
What is Trauma?
What do therapists mean when we talk about trauma?
One definition I like states that “psychological trauma is the unique individual experience of an event or enduring conditions in which: “The individual’s ability to integrate his/her emotional experience is overwhelmed or the individual experiences (subjectively) a threat to life, bodily integrity, or sanity.” (Pearlman & Saakvitne, 1995, p. 60)
The important part of this definition in my practice is the emphasis on “unique individual experience”.
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June is PTSD Awareness Month. PTSD is often discussed in the context of veterans and the impact of war. Of course, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) does not only impact vets. PTSD, by definition, can follow any traumatic event. Understanding then must first start with trauma. This blog was created to do just that; specifically, to focus on the traumatic impact of sexual assault, domestic violence, and all forms of childhood abuse.
I am going to take some time this month to get back to basics regarding trauma and its aftermath. I am going to rerun some old posts, share some new material, and highlight resources from others also working to raise awareness of PTSD.
For example, The National Center for PTSD has considerable resources. The 2013 awareness campaign invites us to Take the Step: Raise PTSD Awareness by:
- Learning more about PTSD
- Challenging your beliefs
- Exploring the options
- Reaching out and making a difference
Tell me what you think of their site. Or tell me what questions you have about PTSD or trauma in general!
Posted in Abuse, Psychologist, PTSD, Trauma
Tagged Childhood Abuse, Domestic Violence, Mental Health, Post Traumatic Stress, Posttraumatic stress disorder, Psychological trauma, PTSD, PTSD Awareness Month, Sexual Assault, Trauma