What is trauma?
The most simple explanation is best described by Lindemann as "the sudden, uncontrollable, disruption of affiliative bonds". This covers a broad range of events such as the death of a loved one, abuse and neglect, war, being a victim of crime and anything else that disrupts your sense of safety and stability.
Trauma impacts us at a biological level and changes our genetics. This is how trauma can be carried from generation to generation as often seen in families who have a history of escaping genocide or war.
Deciding if you need help.
It is important to remember when deciding if you need help, that it does not mean you are weak. People process events, losses and grief very differently. Many factors contribute to person being able to “handle” the stress associated to an event or loss, and the complexity of this can relate to a person’s childhood and previous losses.
Deciding on getting help is brave. Many people say that getting help was triggered because of general sadness, but we have put together a small list of symptoms you may have that specialists believe are a sign that you need help.
• Not sleeping
• Significant change in circumstance
• Significant impact on key relationships
• The use of alcohol or drugs to ‘cope’
• Inability to attend to everyday matters
• Not eating or eating too much
• Mood swings- anger, sadness, uncontrollable crying
• Flash backs to an event/ death
• Consistent nightmares
• Communication breakdown
• Inability to leave the house/ bed
Our team is dedicated to ensuring you have the right type of care for your individual journey, so please call us so we can help you decide ‘where to’
Learn more about trauma.
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Out of The Well - By Lisa Eskinazi
A great resource for professionals working with students. Lisa's book talks about her experience of school bullying and the impacts it had on her life.
School yard bullying has effected her mental health and quality of life. Lisa was the first person to sue the Department of Education and win.
Lisa hopes to educate the community about dire impacts bullying has on a person, through her writing.
Warning - This book may adversely effect victims of bullying. The book is very confronting and to be used as an educational tool.