Vicarious Trauma can effect anyone? Do you know the signs and symptoms?
WHAT IS VICARIOUS TRAUMA?
Zoe Morrison (2007) defines vicarious trauma as “a psychological term used to refer to changes in a person that can occur when they are repeatedly exposed to traumatic material”.
Today, we heard on the news (TV, Radio, Social Media and probably through our friends and family) about the Parisian terrorist attacks. As the reporters carry out their journalism responsibilities and images, words and accounts from bystanders, victims, emergency services and politicians start to filter through to our living environment of a period of minutes, hours, days and possibly weeks to come with investigates etc. we as individuals will see and hear this news many times over.
For those of us who are particularly sensitive to such devastating news the psychological impact of hearing this over and over again could have a negative effect on your mind, body and spirit.
It is particularly important Read More
Blu Ripples Grief and Loss Counselling Services – Supporting you through Trauma, Grief and Loss
Today, I would like to take this opportunity to talk to you briefly about Trauma, Grief and Loss. As we near the end of 2013, I am hearing more and more stories from clients and loved ones about how difficult 2013 has been for them. Be it Read More
Grief and Loss can cause the body to feel physical and emotional hurt at the same time
Grief and Loss comes in many forms, including but not limited to, grieving the loss of a friendship; our perceptions of what we think of a person, event or incident vs the actuality; the death of a loved one or pet.
When people seek counselling for grief and loss issues a myriad of signs, symptoms, experiences and perceptions come into play including past experiences with grief and loss, particularly those from our past that have been suppressed (pushed down, covered up and ignored). Thus, the analogy of peeling back the layers of an onion works really well for grief and loss.
Another aspect to consider when searching for answers as to why you are feeling physical pain at the same time as emotional can be explained by Read More
Make a difference to your loved ones life – reach out and ask them if they are Ok?
Last week I encouraged Blu Ripples Facebook Followers to ask 3 people that they knew and loved “R U OK” in support of R U OK Day (a Suicide Intervention Project).
Over the weekend, I was sad to learn of an individual that attempted suicide and Read More
Healing is a very individual process that it will not happen overnight; so be kind to yourself and ask for help – it is not a sign of weakness but of strength.
Whether a loved one has passed away; you have escaped an abusive relationship with a partner, neighbour, work colleague; you have survived a less than ideal childhood or a myriad of other painful experience healing the hurt can be a lengthy journey.
Speaking from Read More
Stages of Grief and Loss
When someone we love dies, when a longed for and much anticipated event does not occur for example a wedding or a pregnancy; when someone consciously leaves our lives through their own free will or necessity for example separation, divorce or abandonment the grief and loss of the physical and tangible aspect of the situation can be intense. However, Read More
Bereaved Child – First Christmas without Mummy or Daddy
How do you stop a child’s heart from breaking when they have lost their mummy or daddy during the year? The answer….. Read More
Posted in Grief, Loss and Trauma Counselling Posted on November 26, 2010
How would your life change if you needed to care for a loved one with a chronic or terminal condition?
Stop for a moment and consider how you would feel if you heard your loved one had been diagnosed with a chronic or terminal condition; What would automatically run through your mind? How would you react?
Now imagine you are that person’s main carer; How would your life change?
The truth be told none of us really know how we would react, for when faced with such a confronting situation what we logically think and believe is not necessarily our actual reaction or behaviour.
As a Carer you may find that you Grieve the loss of: –
- Your life as you know it including your plans for the future
- Your independence as you become the main bread winner or support person
- Your loved ones usual personality and/or temperament as the condition takes hold
- Friends and/or external support as people maybe uncomfortable or do not know how to react/respond thus they start avoiding the situation
- Your free time in which you previous undertook your hobbies or interests as now your loved one requires additional care and support
- Your financial independence as you may give up your job to care for your loved one or possibly resent the fact that the medical costs are cutting into your financial savings and/or budget
Thus, as a Carer it is essential that you develop meaningful coping strategies for yourself; make the condition/situation a part of your life not your whole life and take some time out for yourself on a regular basis!
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