What Is Avoidance? 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… Read more »
Tag: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
This article is about the importance of people receiving social support after natural disasters to assist their mental health as a key part of their recovery. The recent Australian bushfires have revealed a great deal of goodwill in this way.
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 »
Following the national apologies delivered by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in parliament, this article discusses the positive impact that these apologies may have in the context of the invalidation that someone feels if they experience sexual abuse.
This article outlines a number of the normal reactions that people may experience if they witness a traumatic event.
This article relates to the concept of repressed trauma memories resurfacing in therapy and how conscious therapists should be of the risks of implanting a false memory into someone’s recollections.
This article details a story of synchronicity involving two soldiers from Gallipoli in World War I. In the lead up to ANZAC Day, it’s a good opportunity to reflect upon the often hidden ramifications of trauma, the sacrifices by so many – including their families – and the resilience of the human spirit.
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 »
This article outlines some of the limitations with the current WorkCover system. Instead of helping injured workers return to work, the WorkCover system often exacerbates people’s psychological difficulties partly due to an inherent suspicion with which their claims are reviewed and the need to highlight the extent to which they have experienced psychological harm.
This article responds to Cardinal George Pell’s testimony delivered to the Royal Commission into systematic sexual abuse in the context of the harm that can be caused to the victim from minimising the perceived severity of the offence.