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 […]

PTSD AND CANCER PATIENTS

A study of South-East Asian patients recently published in Cancer demonstrates that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be persistent or even worsen in cancer patients up to four years after their diagnosis. “Our data underscore the risk of developing persistent PTSD even years after cancer diagnosis and treatment,” wrote Caryn Mei Hsien Chan, PhD, of […]

How to Prepare for a New Medical Provider

One glance  into the waiting room told me we were in trouble. I’d accompanied a friend to a dental appointment at a new office. She hadn’t had her teeth worked on in years, and because this appointment had been scheduled quickly, we hadn’t done due diligence and checked out the office for trauma triggers. Triggers […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]