Tag: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  What is Post-Traumatic Stress? Treating PTSD

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discusses how to manage post-traumatic stress. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition associated with lingering painful memories of trauma which the sufferer tries to block out or avoid. Trauma memories and their associated distress can be triggered by other experiences or reminders. Psychological therapy for trauma helps defuse the impact of… Read more »

  After Witnessing a Traumatic Event

One of the harsh facts of life is that we can be exposed to a traumatic incident at any time. A recent example was a cyclist having a fatal collision with a truck in one of Geelong’s most central and busy streets. Many people witnessed the accident or its aftermath, being at a time when… Read more »

  The Impact of Church-Related Sexual Abuse

The most harmful thing about sexual abuse is the extremely invalidating impact it has on a person. The abusive experience typically causes sufferers to feel that they don’t count. Their wishes and interests and feelings don’t count. They have been treated as an object for the sexual gratification of the perpetrator. It strips them of… Read more »

  Addressing Avoidant Tendencies

It is understandably common for people to seek to avoid at least some anxiety provoking situations. However, tendencies to avoidance can become entrenched over a period of time to become quite self-defeating. This is because the urge to avoid situations can be strengthened by the short-term relief that escape from such situations may bring. As… Read more »

  Psychological Reactions to Traumatic Accidents

It is common for people to suffer from a range of psychological reactions after a traumatic experience such as a motor vehicle accident or any other life-threatening incident. In the first instance, individuals may feel anxious and apprehensive. They may suffer from such symptoms as sleep disturbance, poor concentration, irritability, and loss of interest in… Read more »