an After abortion

REAL, CONFIDENTIAL, FREE, NON-JUDGMENTAL HELP TO AVOID ABORTION, FROM MANY PLACES:
3,400 confidential and totally free groups to call and go to in the U.S...1,400 outside the U.S. . . . 98 of these in Canada.
Free, financial help given to women and families in need.More help given to women, families.
Helping with mortgage payments and more.More help.
The $1,950 need has been met!CPCs help women with groceries, clothing, cribs, "safe haven" places.
Help for those whose babies haveDown Syndrome and Other Birth Defects.
CALL 1-888-510-BABY or click on the picture on the left, if you gave birth or are about to and can't care for your baby, to give your baby to a worker at a nearby hospital (some states also include police stations or fire stations), NO QUESTIONS ASKED. YOU WON'T GET IN ANY TROUBLE or even have to tell your name; Safehaven people will help the baby be adopted and cared for.

Tuesday, May 20, 2003



Trauma and memory

Richard McNally's new book, Remembering Trauma gets a very positive review by Sally Satel in the current edition of The New Republic.

I haven't read Remembering Trauma yet. Judging from Satel's review, both McNally and Satel conflate two questions: Are recovered memories of childhood abuse reliable? When therapists and clients claim that certain psychological symptoms are the result of a traumatic episode, are those claims overblown?

Satel is not friendly to trauma psychology in general, including the claims of Vietnam vets and natural disaster victims. I have nothing to add to a discussion about whether recovered abuse memories are reliable. McNally argues that we should be very suspicious about recovered memories, and he may be entirely correct. But this point doesn't justify Satel's blustery condescension toward trauma victims, many of whom have never forgotten the life event that led to their post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.

One of the reviewers of McNally's book at Amazon writes in part:

"In the 80's, when some of the books he cites so contemptuously, were written, survivors of trauma and their therapists were fighting to be heard. Denial of trauma was universal. PTSD had just been re-recognized in 1980. Gross Stress Reaction was the DSMI (1952) diagnosis, but that dissappeared in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual II, which came out in 1968. He's so evenhanded, he doesn't even mention that, nor that psychiatrists were trained to disbelieve allegations of sexual abuse and to think the child wanted it. Kids want attention, love and affection, not sex... Vietnam vets were being told that war hadn't messed them up, although in 1965 Archibald and Tuddenham had published a study about how WWII had messed up those vets. Battered wives supposedly liked it or they wouldn't go back... Only weaklings were affected by trauma."




0 comment(s): (ANONYMOUS ok -but mind our rules, please)                                      << HOME