Self help

Living with the magnetism of madness

Living with the magnetism of madness

I am on intimate terms with my madness. Together we have been seducers and lovers, escapees and bad asses, competitors, companions and mortal enemies. These days we are more like constructive collaborators. Well, that’s a bit of a fib. It’s like that most of the time, but some days my madness and I still have a bit of a barney. The important thing is that I am the one who retains control. Mostly. It wasn’t always like this. For most of my life my madness was an unknown. An invasive other self and alien other world. And sometimes, awful as […]

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Forget the can of worms. Safe first steps for trauma recovery (Part 2 of 2).

Forget the can of worms. Safe first steps for trauma recovery (Part 2 of 2).

How to start working with trauma safely and gently

 
Are you thinking about addressing past trauma?
 
Trauma work can be profoundly healing. But it can also be painful and distressing, so it can be helpful to think carefully about trauma work before you start.
 
This is the second of two articles that shares strategies for how to start thinking about trauma in ways that are gentle and safer. Topics in this article include:
 
7. Learn to brake and accelerate
8. Pick the right support people
9. Impacts on others in your life
10. Your goals for the process
11. Tell your story – or don’t – choice comes first
12. Learn the facts about trauma and its impacts

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Forget the can of worms. Safe first steps for trauma recovery (Part 1 of 2).

Forget the can of worms. Safe first steps for trauma recovery (Part 1 of 2).

Are you thinking about addressing past trauma?

 
Trauma work can be profoundly healing. But it can also be painful and distressing, so it can be helpful to think carefully about trauma work before you start.
 
This is the first of two articles that shares strategies for how to start thinking about trauma in ways that are gentle and safer. Topics in this article include:
 
1. How to be safe, now.
2. How to pick the right time.
3. How to go slow and start small.
4. How to master coping skills, and why they matter.
5. Options about medication.
6. How to plan for your emotional responses.

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Talking about trauma can feel really, really hard. But it can get easier.

Talking about trauma can feel really, really hard. But it can get easier.

The ordinary response to atrocities is to banish them from consciousness. Certain violations of the social compact are too terrible to utter aloud: this is the meaning of the word unspeakable. – Judith Herman, 1992 Over my years of working in mental health services to promote trauma informed practice, many professionals have expressed surprise – sometimes even disbelief – about the exceptionally high rates of trauma prevalence amongst people diagnosed with mental health conditions. They tell me that hardly any of their clients ever talk about trauma. Some tell me that they already ask their clients about trauma, but people […]

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