Marian Goldstein – Dehumanizing the Oppressors Can Lead to Permanent Victim Status

Marian Goldstein posted an excellent comment on a thread on Mad In America that deserves to be reposted as an independent blog. She consented to this repost. It starts with a comment from another person:

The men and women who raped me and then drugged me for complaining about being raped, calling me awful names like “Borderline Personality,” wrecked my beautiful brain and body with their poisonous neurochemicals.

They are NOT human beings just like me. I never forced anyone to do anything, except make my kids do the dishes. I never told lies to make myself powerful and wealthy.

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Edward Duff – trauma after natural disasters – Joplin tornado a year later

How to fix trauma after natural disasters

Edward Duff is a Joplin tornado survivor and has an incredible story about trauma after natural disasters. Joplin is about three days by bike or three hours by car from Kansas City. On May 22, 2011, 5:41 pm, Joplin was hit by a huge tornado that wiped out an entire half mile by one mile strip of the city and damaged up to 70% of the buildings in other parts of the city. Edward says, “The worst thing about that tornado was in the aftermath, we’d be walking around what used to be

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How to Move Beyond Trauma

What is trauma?

One of the buzzwords in mental health care is truama-informed care. Many people don’t understand what trauma informed care is. To put in very easy terms, it’s the idea that maybe our mental health symptoms come instead from our trauma experiences. We can move beyond trauma. This is how.

In alternative circles, we often speak of how to move beyond trauma. Also to move beyond trauma we need to examine the basic concept. We published Edward Duff’s personal story and how he can move beyond trauma last week. One definition of trauma that resonates with me is:

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