Are Abuse Survivors at a Higher Risk of Developing Diabetes?

Are Abuse Survivors at a Higher Risk of Developing Diabetes? Adults who were abused in their childhood are twice as likely to develop Type 2 diabetes — a condition in which the body is unable to produce enough insulin or becomes insensitive to insulin, as found in a study by the University … Continue reading

Cultivating Conversations for Autonomy 

Cultivating Conversations for Autonomy  Over three decades ago, the month of April was established as National Child Abuse Prevention Month in the United States. Many other countries, including the United Kingdom, followed suit by also adopting the campaign. The month-long campaign aims to raise awareness, support families, and focuses on … Continue reading

“Suicide is Selfish” – the Myth.

“Suicide is Selfish” – the Myth. I am a survivor of suicide. It still feels strange making that statement. I went on a ‘Care of the Trainee’ course with the Royal Air Force, and no, that isn’t why I attempted suicide! During the course one of the topics for discussion … Continue reading

Mindfulness

Mindfulness Mid way into therapy, I was finding that I was disappearing off in to my head, completely consumed with the recovery of memories, and trapped, with increasingly powerful flashbacks and no escape. Overwhelming, is such a clichéd word and over used, but it does sum up the experience (or … Continue reading

The Effects of Childhood Abuse and the Process of Recovery

The Effects of Childhood Abuse and the Process of Recovery by Malcolm Underhill Child abuse statistics Research on child abuse in the UK reveals shocking results. An estimated 1 in 20 children have been abused; over 23,000 sexual offences against children were recorded last year (source: NSPCC and ChildLine). Childhood trauma … Continue reading

Conflict in Cyberspace

Conflict in Cyberspace Have you ever noticed how conflict can get blown out of proportion online? What may begin as a small difference of opinion, or misunderstanding, becomes a major issue very quickly. Conflict can be difficult at the best of times, but what is it about online communication that … Continue reading

Effects of child abuse and neglect for adult survivors

Effects of child abuse and neglect for adult survivors by Cathryn Hunter, Senior Research Officer with the Child Family Community Australia information exchange at the Australian Institute of Family Studies. Experiencing abuse and neglect in childhood can lead to adverse outcomes in adulthood. The purpose of this blog is to … Continue reading

Survivors and the Food Connection

Survivors and the Food Connection By Suzanne Scott and Lynne M. Constantine Many of us survived the experience of childhood trauma, in part, through our relationships with food. We used treats to comfort ourselves. We compulsively stuffed ourselves with food to avoid feeling anger, grief, and frustration. We gained weight … Continue reading

Preparing for Surgery – A Survivors Guide

Preparing for Surgery: Suggestions for Survivors By Lynne M. Constantine and Suzanne Scott Impending surgery generates a certain amount of anxiety in almost everyone. The thought of being put to sleep and operated on, no matter how routine and safe the procedure, is unpleasant at best. Many people fear waking … Continue reading

Assessing the Cost of Trauma

Assessing the Cost of Trauma By Mary Anne Reilly Looking at the correlation between physical and mental health problems and a history of sexual abuse will require us to reassess how we analyze and diagnose physical and mental illness. This, of course, will take time and cost money. But the … Continue reading