Articles about “Mental Health”

101 Phrases of praise

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers

A page filled with positive phrases and words.

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Caring for yourself

For Workers

Working with survivors of sexual assault is stressful. As 'trauma' workers you are exposed to a range of traumatic events. This resource discusses the personal impact of Secondary Traumatic Stress, prevention of STS at home and at work and worker burnout.

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Children and trauma

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers, Young People

Children may experience psychological reactions to a traumatic incident. They react to frightening events in many different ways and there is no typical or “normal” reaction. Younger children in particular may find it very hard to understand what has happened to them, their parents or siblings.

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Coping with flashbacks

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Young People

A flashback is a dissociated memory that returns to consciousness. It might be a smell, a taste, a sound, an image, an emotion, or a combination of these things. It might last a moment or linger on for weeks.

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Dealing with CSA at the point of Disclosure

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers

The disclosure of sexual assault is a potentially traumatic event for the child and her or his caregivers. Workers often find it difficult to intervene appropriately at this point. This paper provides a method for case planning and highlights appropriate interventions based on the experience of counsellors at Westmead Sexual...

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Getting back on track

For Family & Friends, Young People

It's important to understand that you may not be able to function at 100% capacity for a while following a major trauma like sexual assault. This fact sheets examines ways to take care of yourself.

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How children cope with the pain of sexual assault

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Teachers, Workers

Simplistically stated, to survive a child has to develop psychological defense mechanisms. These defense mechanisms help them survive during the abuse, and in maintaining a balance between feeling and expressing stored pain and continuing to function in daily life. The three major defenses commonly used are:

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PTSD - About

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Workers, Young People

What is Post traumatic stress disorder, what causes it, what are the symptoms of it and how to diagnose and work with PTSD.

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PTSD - Australian guidelines

For Students, Workers

The Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Adults with Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (ASD and PTSD) were approved by the National Medical Health and Research Council.  These new Guidelines assist all health practitioners to determine when is the right time for professional intervention and what's the best...

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PTSD - Diagnostic criteria

For Students, Workers

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is used by psychologists and psychiatrists as a framework for the treatment of sexually abused children. It is valuable in identifying the existence of specific behaviours that should be addressed in therapy.

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Reactions to rape

For Female Survivors, Male Survivors

Every woman/man who experiences sexual assault reacts in a different way, which varies according to your background and past experiences. There is no right or wrong way to feel and no set time for when you should be feeling better.

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Should I have counselling or not?

For Male Survivors

There are many social pressures on men to not seek help when they need it. Often men grow up believing that they have to ''tough out'' pain and worries, in order to prove their manliness. Many men have suffered a great deal by minimising their needs and denying their problems...

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Suicide and sexual assault

For Family & Friends, Teachers

Information for males about suicide and sexual assault.

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Surviving rape

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Young People

This book covers the issues which confront rape survivors including feelings, relating to family and friends, feeling safe, being assaulted by a husband.

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The aftermath of sexual assault: Am I supposed to feel this way?

For Male Survivors

Whether you're a man or a woman, sexual assault is a trauma. The trauma of sexual assault involves losing control of what happens to your own body and possibly fearing death or injury. There are certain ways that human beings react to trauma that are the same for men and women.

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The effects of childhood sexual abuse

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Students, Teachers, Workers

This booklet looks at the psychological and long term effects of childhood sexual abuse. It also examines the child sexual abuse accommodation syndrome, PTSD and the Stockholm Syndrome.

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The psychological adjustment of the rape victim

For Students, Workers

To date, there has been little well controlled research on the psychological adjustment of the victim. Most sexual assault clinics have been concerned with providing support and treatment to the victim rather than systematic evaluation. Professionals have been reluctant to subject rape victims to intrusive evaluation procedures

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The traumatization process

For Students, Workers

If we consider the multi-layered impacts of sexual trauma, we can begin to conceptualise how and why victim/survivors respond in the many different ways that they do. Nevertheless, the fact that not all survivors present with the same nicely packaged and easy to conceptualise impacts has given rise to much...

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Trauma responses in children

For Family & Friends, Teachers

It can often be very difficult to recognise whether or not a child is being abused, both for parents and for professionals.

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Traumagenic dynamics

For Students, Workers

Finkelhor and Browne (1988) developed a comprehensive model for understanding the trauma of sexual abuse and its short and long-term effects. This is the list they developed. The Traumagenics Model is process-oriented, rather than event-oriented, conceptualizing sexual abuse as an ongoing, dynamic process in the child.

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