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  1. Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Mental Health Issue

    [Info Sheet]

    Our experiences in childhood play a big part in shaping our health and well-being throughout our lives. Sexual abuse in childhood can leave scars that can last for a long time. But many cases are never reported. ...

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  2. Visions- Trauma and Victimization

    [Visions Article]

    PDF | Vol. 7, No. 2 (2007) The relationship between traumatizing events—including being a victim of crime—and mental health/illness is complex. The latest issue of Visions Journal on Trauma and Victimization looks at some of these complexities as well as ...

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  3. Fleeing Abuse

    [Visions Article]

    More than 15,500 women in BC received emergency shelter and support when they left an abusive relationship in 2003/2004. 1 Recent research found that only 16% of women leaving an abusive relationship accessed transition houses or emergency shelters. 2 ...

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  4. When The Place Supposed to Help Kids Hurts Them

    [Visions Article]

    From 1950 to 1996, the government-run Woodlands School was supposed to be a safe haven for BC’s vulnerable children—children with developmental disabilities and mental and behavioural disorders. As has been documented, however, it was anything but. ...

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  5. Medication Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

    [Visions Article]

    Ms. T is a young college student, who came to my clinic complaining of depressed mood, irritability and inability to concentrate in her class. She was raped by an acquaintance about three years ago during Christmas time. Since the incident, she has experi ...

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  6. Editor's Message: Trauma and Victimization

    [Visions Article]

    There are two things I associate with trauma. Boxing Day 2005 watching a huge wall of water surge over people and buildings without much warning, I wondered how the people actually living through that tsunami would ever be able to look at the sea again wi ...

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  7. Psychological Trauma: A Common Problem

    [Visions Article]

    This special issue of Visions on trauma and victimization discusses trauma and its results in a variety of contexts (e.g., sexual abuse, car accidents, the workplace, the military and emergency workers). These articles, however, barely scratch the surface ...

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  8. Responding to Frightening Life Events

    [Visions Article]

    When an event threatens our safety or that of our loved ones, our inner psychological resources are called upon as we try to cope. Contrary to popular thinking, there is no one “best” way to cope, and people don’t all go through a set series of “stages” o ...

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  9. Critical Incident Stress Debriefing

    [Visions Article]

    People involved with, or exposed to, modern-day traumas can experience a range of emotional responses. Concern for victims of workplace and disaster-related trauma has led to increased popularity of early intervention and prevention strategies. ...

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  10. Victimization of People with Mental Illness

    [Visions Article]

    The criminal court system has provided me with a great deal of experience assisting mental health consumers who are charged with criminal offences. I have also had many clients with mental illness who have suffered violence and discrimination at the hands ...

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