Tag: Trauma

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 »

WorkCover system needs an overhaul

Our WorkCover system is in need of an overhaul, at least in its handling of psychological injuries. Rather than helping injured workers have an optimal recovery, it often exacerbates their psychological difficulties. Problems include the invalidation of injured workers suffering from conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, unhelpful delays in treatment, and an unnecessarily long… 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 »

Dealing with Dissociative Symptoms

Nature of Dissociative Symptoms Some of the most distressing symptoms that clients report include dissociative symptoms. These symptoms include persistent daydreaming, forgetfulness and amnesia for recent events, feelings as though one’s body does not belong to oneself, feelings as though things (perhaps even the world itself) are not real, and a sense of acting so… 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 »