The Silent Scream

My continuing search for telltale characteristics of adult victims of infant surgery without anesthesia suggests two that are expressed in literature and art. These adults seem to live “a life of quiet desperation” as quoted from Thoreau’s Walden (1854) and descriptive of the person’s unconscious (nonverbal) dire expectancy of doom. The second relates to the […]

Infant Surgery Without Anesthesia

Anyone now 32 years or older who had major surgery as a baby is at risk for chronic posttraumatic illness because the surgery was probably done without anesthesia, which was the custom in most hospitals prior to 1987. Abdominal surgery for pyloric stenosis and chest surgery for congenital heart problems were the most common forms […]

The Instinctual Trauma Response Simplified

  One of the first and most pressing questions people wonder about when they hear about Help for Trauma or the Instinctual Trauma Response Model™ (ITR™) of therapy is Can this treatment really help me or my loved one when so many other therapies have failed? What makes the ITR™ different from other therapies? First […]