The nature of trauma

There are a number of ways to consider psychological trauma, and perhaps the most common one is that the individual is overwhelmed by an event which they struggle to come to terms with.  This may either be an event in their early childhood, for example being sexually and/or physically abused; …

Trauma and ‘normality’

One of the enduring legacies of the London bombings, whose tenth anniversary falls this July, is psychological.  According to a recent BBC news story, ‘hundreds may have been traumatised’1 The key point about this story is that it is referring to people who may have just been ‘passing by’ when …

Why PTSD?

Research by the mental health charity Mind has shown that people working in the emergency (”blue light’) services are more likely to suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) than the rest of the population.1 Perhaps this is hardly surprising bearing in mind the types of situations and sights that …