Myth: If they can’t just get over it, trauma survivors are choosing to be victims.
Reality: In the past 15 years much has been learned about the brain and why some events overwhelm people’s capacities to cope. Whether a person experienced a car accident or work accident, a natural disaster or interpersonal violence, traumatic stress can distress the nervous system making it impossible to cope without therapeutic intervention. Professional counselling is often required in order to move beyond the negative effects of trauma.
Myth: Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is rare.
Reality: While PTSD was first diagnosed in soldiers, it has since been identified that sufferers of any form of trauma could have PTSD or experience some of the symptoms. Full-blown PTSD is estimated to impact 10% of the population while a higher percentage of trauma survivors live with some of the symptoms. Both the person suffering from PTSD and those who are close to them are affected.
Myth: It is only abuse if it is violent.
Reality: Neglecting or ignoring children’s needs causes serious emotional harm that will, if uninterrupted, be carried into adult years. Other forms of non-violent abuse include financial abuse, spiritual abuse and manipulation. Because non-violent abuse is difficult to detect, early intervention is less likely than with any other form of abuse.
Myth: Victims of elder abuse will report the situation if they are given the oppportunity to do so.
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