|Health After Trauma Newsletter|
Welcome to the first issue of the Health After Trauma Newsletter. The mission of the newsletter is to build community among trauma and abuse survivors and the professionals who support them.
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Trauma and abuse, especially repetitive abuse, leave a lasting "impression" on the health, well-being, and post-abuse functioning of the survivor. The impact of this impression lingers long after the bruises fade, the bones mend, and the abuse is over.
The impact of trauma and abuse, if left unaddressed, can reach across the lifespan. The health and medical effects of trauma and abuse can be treated, but because the effects are so interwoven and far reaching, a multi discipline approach must often be used. No one "magic pill" will make everything better.
Trauma and abuse can take one of several forms including:
Furthermore, trauma and abuse can occur at several stages of life:
The Creekside Communications Health After Trauma Project is dedicated to address the health and medical effects of trauma and abuse. Your input is welcome. Please let us know what health effects of trauma interest you or affect you.
Do you have a story regarding your experience of addressing the health and medical effects of trauma and abuse that you would be willing to share with our readers? Or do you have a topic that you want to learn more about? If so, please write Dr. T at DrTspeaks@gmail.com
This tip comes from Dr. Vincent Felitti of ACE study fame
A survivor of trauma and abuse tells you about their abuse. Now what? You are not a psychiatrist, psychologist, or trained counselor. What to do?
Dr. Felitti offers this suggestion. Just ask one simple question: "Tell me how this (the traumatic or abusive event) has impacted your life." Then, close your mouth and listen. Remember that you have two ears but only one mouth. In general it is always best to listen twice as much as you talk.
Why is listening helpful?
Listening is therapeutic. It gives the survivor an opportunity to tell the story of the experienced trauma, a story that must be told over and over so the survivor can re-orient to a normal life and make sense of what happened. Most important of all, being listened to validates the survivor.
A benefit for providers who are rushed for time, but who want to do the best they can for the survivor, is that more information can be gained more quickly when this technique is used as opposed to asking rapid-fire questions.
Do you sometimes feel thankful that even though you have escaped the past trauma and abuse in your life, you find yourself strangely "stuck?"
Do you feel that you have more health problems than friends who've never been in a traumatic or abusive situation, the way you were? Maybe you feel that you just can't get your life back together.
If you--or someone you support--is a domestic violence survivor who struggles with health and life challenges, Dr. T's new ebook, "WellWriting For Health After Trauma and Abuse," is for you. The book is now available for immediate download from the Health After Trauma website.
In the near future the book will also be available in print form.
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