Article on recovery after exit
Posted by: Hope ()
Date: January 21, 2005 12:26AM


The article is by Judith Herman from Carol Giambalvo's website. I had consulted a therapist who dealt with abusive marital relationships and ended up feeling worse, as his belief was that there are no victims - we're all just codependent. It really is imperative, if you are going to seek therapeutic counselling, to find someone who knows about mind control.


"While it is clear that ordinary, healthy people may become entrapped in prolonged abusive situations, it is equally clear that after their escape they are no longer ordinary or healthy. Chronic abuse causes serious psychological harm. The tendency to blame the victim, however, has interfered with the psychological understanding and diagnosis of a post-traumatic syndrome. Instead of conceptualizing the psychopathology of the victim as a response to an abusive situation, mental health professionals have frequently attributed the abusive situation to the victim’s presumed underlying psychopathology.

Attempts to fit the patient into the mold of existing diagnostic constructs generally result, at best, in a partial understanding of the problem and a fragmented approach to treatment. All too commonly, chronically traumatized people suffer in silence; but if they complain at all, their complaints are not well understood. They may collect a virtual pharmacopoeia of remedies: one for headaches, another for insomnia, another for anxiety, another for depression. None of these tends to work very well, since the underlying issues of trauma are not addressed. As caregivers tire of these chronically unhappy people who do not seem to improve, the temptation to apply pejorative diagnostic labels becomes overwhelming.

Even the diagnosis of "post-traumatic stress disorder," as it is presently defined, does not fit accurately enough. The existing diagnostic criteria for this disorder are derived mainly from survivors of circumscribed traumatic events. They are based on the prototypes of combat, disaster, and rape. In survivors of prolonged, repeated trauma, the symptom picture is often far more complex. Survivors of prolonged abuse develop characteristic personality changes, including deformations of relatedness and identity. "

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Article on recovery after exit
Posted by: Cosmophilospher ()
Date: January 21, 2005 01:04PM

That book, Trauma and Recovery By Judith Lewis Herman, M.D. is a terrific book. I worked through it many years ago.
Its well worth getting.
She "get's it".


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