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Renee Fabian has published a list of nine memoirs written by women dealing with mental health issues, that have helped her deal with her own mental health. Obviously, this post is mostly directed at women but anyone looking for some reading material to help see that they are not alone in the struggle for mental…
I have written about this myself, the article headlines are always going to put this in a way that makes you want to click and read it, even when the effect is super small, and even more so when it’s a hot-button issues like social media. “Whenever we learn that something has an effect, it’s…
I also want you to remember that, as far as I can tell, this study was done regarding adult women being harassed. Imagine how much the victim-blaming in those cases would impact a sexual abuse victim? As a child, maybe we didn’t have any chance to make an accusation, but as an adult we could, except look at what happens to people who come forward years later? Why would I put myself through that trauma?
And if you’re a male victim of sexual abuse, or even assault as an adult? Yeah, you get the extra burden of proving you didn’t want it too.
This all stems from a complete misunderstanding of trauma, and the dynamics involved in going public with our stories. To too many people in society, if we don’t report it right when it happens, then coming forward later is just proof that it didn’t happen and we have some other motive for making the accusation.
Until that goes away, there will continue to be millions of silent victims, and who knows how many predators not being found out.
Sadly, this is probably about the same in other countries as well. “Data from 32 NHS Trusts in England showed about 60% of under-18s who are referred to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) by their GP are not receiving treatment, according to figures obtained by Spurgeons children’s charity.” The reason I believe it’s…
For many of us in the US healthcare system, this is a common issue. We need to start our search for help for a mental health issue with our primary care physician. That conversation can be difficult, because we don’t normally talk to them about mental health concerns, and they may not be an expert…