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Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Trauma and denial

Ashli writes about denial as a reaction to abortion today.

Sometimes the emotional aftermath of abortion seems to match the characteristics of PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. On the internet, the best place to go for comprehensive information about trauma reactions is Dave Baldwin's Trauma Pages.

Several articles there talk about the role denial can play in helping a person to gradually process a traumatic event over time.

For instance, Patti Levin, in her article "Common Responses to Trauma--and Coping Strategies" identifies denial as something that can occur after trauma. For recovery and coping strategies, she mentions:

"People are usually surprised that reactions to trauma can last longer than they expected. It may take weeks, months, and in some cases, years to fully regain equilibrium. Many people will get through this period with the help and support of family and friends. But sometimes friends and family may push people to "get over it" before they're ready. Let them know that such responses are not helpful for you right now, though you appreciate that they are trying to help. Many people find that individual, group, or family counseling are helpful. Either way, the key word is CONNECTION – ask for help, support, understanding, and opportunities to talk."

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