Trauma and Sexual Dysfunction

In a recent study over 30% of trauma victims reported sexual dysfuntion one year post injury, with those suffering the most severe injuries reporting the greatest risk for sexual dysfunction. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Depression were shown to be very prevalent within patients displaying more dysfunctional behaviour. In managing sexual dysfunction within trauma victims it may therefore be…

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Treating Children with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

There are two main components of Trauma-Specific Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Restructuring and Exposure Therapy. Cognitive Restructuring helps victims to re-evaluate traumatic events. Exposure Therapy helps victims to habituate to the trauma cues. Children’s treatment sessions involve psychoeducation, affect awareness and regulation, coping skills, exposure therapy and planning for future safety. For more information contact…

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Health Risk Behaviours Associated with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Victims of crime suffering from Posttraumatic Stress disorder (PTSD) are more likely to engage in behaviours which have adverse health consequences, such as cigarette smoking, alcol and drug abuse as well as poor diet and physical inactivity. 1. PTSD  raises the risk of someone smoking by two-fold. 2. About half of individuals suffering from PTSD will…

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Victims of Crime suffering PTSD may be at risk of Heart Disease.

Postraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been shown to increase the risk of heart disease. PTSD should be considered just as likely a risk factor as smoking and cholesterol. Over time PTSD increases inflammation which can corrode a peson’s arteries. If you have been a victim of crime and suffering from PTSD you should contact Victims of…

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Functional Restoration Therapy

Functional Restoration Therapy (FRT) is a treatment for trauma related injuries such as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Adjustment Disorder. The principal of FRT is to examine functional changes adopted by individuals suffering from trauma related injuries, such as loss of social functioning, and to subsequently suggest behavioural changes to restore pre-trauma functioning. It is suggested…

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What is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

PTSD is an extreme anxiety response following a traumatic event such as sexual or physical assault. Syptoms of PTSD include recurrent thoughts of the traumatic event, flashbacks, nightmares, avoiding reminders of the incident, emotional numbing as well being easily startled and highly vigilant. PTSD can be a very disabling condition and can affect relationships, work and…

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Crime Statistics: Physical assault, sexual assault & armed robberies

In 2005 to 2006 Australians expenditure on the criminal justice system was around $8.5 Billion. In 2006 there were over 200,000 violent crimes in Australia. Physical assaults represent the majority of violent crimes, with an increase of 50% between 1996 to 2006 to over 170,000 physical assaults. Physical assaults are most likely to occur in…

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