One of the consequences of trauma can be the development of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which has been claimed to be the most disabling of all psychological problems. When a trauma has been very severe and complex people often develop dissociative responses, such as a sense of detachment from the body or a sense of things feeling not quite right or unreal (derealisation). Dissociation can happen with or without the development of PTSD. Some trauma has been so severe, especially when it happened in childhood and few resources were available to the person at the time, that the traumatic events may be dissociated and the person remembers only fragments or very little of what happened to them.  Sometimes, people had to develop different parts or personalities to enable them to survive the traumatic events. This can result in various dissociative problems, including Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). At the time when the trauma happened dissociation was an automatic and adaptive response, but now it may be highly disabling.

Healing The Complex Trauma Of Holocaust And Genocide

A Talk On How Acts Of Human Atrocity Manifest As Complex Trauma Dr Claudia Herbert recently spoke about complex trauma at the Holocaust Memorial Day at Kingston University. The talk highlighted the deep rooted trauma which such acts of mass genocide leave behind for the survivors. The effects can span many generations and are felt across [...]

2017-05-10T13:34:12+00:00By |Categories: Psychology News, PTSD, Trauma|Tags: |

Yoga For Stress And Trauma Recovery

The Health Benefits Of Yoga Regular yoga practice can be a powerful and transformative tool, both emotionally and physically. Yoga improves flexibility and strengthens our muscular systems, it boosts our immune systems and regulates our breathing, enhances our self esteem and focuses our minds. In fact there are so many positive benefits to yoga that it's [...]

2019-06-26T15:05:45+00:00By |Categories: Psychology News, PTSD, Trauma, Wellbeing|

Comprehensive Resource Model For Trauma Recovery

What Is The Comprehensive Resource Model? The Comprehensive Resource Model is an innovative and holistic therapeutic approach to help clients re-process and release the effects of traumatic events which they have experienced. Developed by Lisa Schwarz, an American psychologist who has for 28 years specialised in the field of severe dissociative disorders, the Comprehensive Resource Model [...]

2018-11-29T17:04:05+00:00By |Categories: Comprehensive Resource Model, PTSD, Trauma|

Mental Health In The Emergency Services

Mind Research On Blue Light Mental Health Mental health charity, Mind, recently released the results of their research on mental health within the emergency services. The research revealed that emergency services personnel are more likely to experience mental health problems but they are less likely to take time off work as a result compared to the general [...]

2019-06-26T15:04:01+00:00By |Categories: Psychology News, PTSD|

Paris Attacks Could Spell Wider Trauma Risks

The repercussions of a terrorist attack go further than the terrible loss of lives which are incurred. The recent November 13th Paris attacks brought very literal devastation to Paris life when they unfolded. But they also inflicted a heavy emotional toll on a much wider scale. By bearing witness to the traumatic events which an [...]

2017-05-10T13:37:18+00:00By |Categories: PTSD, Trauma|

Developmental Trauma Disorder

What is Developmental Trauma? Developmental trauma is a term which describes the origins and presentation of a significant number of our adult (and child) clients at the Oxford Development Centre. It results from trauma experienced in a child's early development. Such trauma can arise from maltreatment, family violence, or a disruption in attachment to their [...]

2017-05-10T13:37:40+00:00By |Categories: Psychology News, PTSD, Trauma|

PTSD Suffering in War-Zone Journalists

War and conflict do not discriminate when they attach their emotional scars and burdens to those who live through them. By entering a conflict zone, when they are covering war stories, journalists are exposing themselves to many of the same risks of suffering from mental health illnesses, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as [...]

2019-11-11T11:39:29+00:00By |Categories: PTSD, Trauma|

‘Understanding Your Reactions To Trauma’, helps Ukrainians After Conflict

'Understanding Your Reactions To Trauma', by Dr Claudia Herbert from The Oxford Development Centre, was recently published in Ukrainian, and is available to the Ukrainian public, and is also being distributed by the Ukrainian authorities to help soldiers and their families who have been affected by trauma. This new translation of the book was presented [...]

2017-05-10T13:38:28+00:00By |Categories: Psychology News, PTSD, Trauma|