I know from conversations I’ve had with forensic examiners about investigations into child porn, and how that can have a lasting negative impact on you, and I know from my interactions with many who advocate on behalf of children, or survivors like I do, that you have to step away from it. Living your life day in and day out in the muck of child abuse stories is bound to have a negative effect on your mental health, your relationships, etc. Let’s hope the folks involved in this inquiry are getting the help they need, and anyone out there who is currently, or thinking about, working in this field would do well to remember the advice in this article.
As she puts it, there’s a shortage of therapists in general, a shortage of therapists that take insurance, and a shortage of therapists with specialized training. None of that will change without significant changes to the mental health system, and even if it did, we still wouldn’t have enough therapists, especially in rural areas.
I have to admit, that even in a situation where I feel like I’m not in much danger of COVID-19 any longer, I’m also still feeling a ton of social anxiety. I have to decide what level of comfort I have with people, and how to communicate that to other people. I thought the tips offered in the article below make a lot of sense.
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We have only recently realized that childhood trauma can change the way our brains develop, or that concussions can change our brains permanently. We are still learning the details of how that happens and in the very early stages of figuring out how to treat that.
Could living in a polluted area do something similar? Of course. Why wouldn’t we believe that? It’s another example of something we are just beginning to understand about our brains and mental health.