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 Importance of Trauma-informed Education

Adverse childhood experiences and childhood trauma can have a potentially overwhelming negative effect upon a child’s ability to learn. However, far too many schools and educators still do not understand the role of trauma in a child’s life, its effects on learning and child development, and how educators can more effectively interact and respond to […]

Inner Voices: A Common Symptom of PTSD

Unfortunately, people who have experienced trauma often don’t know that inner voices are a common symptom of PTSD. They can be confused about the cause of their voices and their relationship to them. The inner voices that accompany PTSD often play various roles and can sound like inner critics, but through effective therapy, people who […]

Oprah Reports Childhood Trauma with 60 Minutes

Oprah is bringing greater awareness to childhood trauma. The 60 Minute segment aired on March 11, 2018.  Oprah interviewed a variety of people including Dr. Bruce Perry, the world renowned child psychiatrist.  She stated that this was the most life changing story she had ever covered, and she will never look at the world in […]