“How to Respond When Someone Tells You They’ve Experienced Trauma” AND More on Best 5 Wednesday Reads

Hello everyone! First of all, congratulations to England team for winning their first ever penalty shootout in World Cup and qualifying for Quarterfinals! Also, Happy 4th of July to all my American readers.

With that said, lets begin our Best of 5 Reads.

1) How to Respond When Someone Tells You They’ve Experienced Trauma

Search Bustle… How to Respond When Someone Tells You They’ve Experienced Trauma ByJR THORPE 5 days ago WavebreakmediaMicro/Fotolia In an ongoing conversation about how to support friends who are struggling with their mental health, it’s important to have an honest discussion about trauma, and how it affects all of us. According to the Sidran Institute, it’s estimated that around 70 percent of adults in the United States will be exposed to a traumatic event in their lifetimes, and around 20 percent of that population will go on to develop PTSD. Therefore, it’s likely that you know someone who may have been affected by trauma in their lives, who may reach out to you seeking support — and, thanks to decades of stigma around mental illness that prevents us from having a dialogue around it, you may be at a loss for how to respond.

Studies have shown that disclosing trauma seems to reduce distress in people who are carrying it, and of course, we want to be there for our friends when they’re having a hard time. But we can have many conflicting instincts in the moment of disclosure: to reassure the person, try to get them help, or dissociate from the experience ourselves. However, there are steps you can take in the moment of disclosure to help the person who’s revealing their trauma and give them the support they need.

2) Deconstructing the CDC Report on Suicide

What is the relationship between mental health and suicide? The media’s reaction to a new CDC report on suicide may have confused things.

3) Endless Gaming May Be a Bad Habit. That Doesn’t Make It a Mental Illness.

The World Health Organization has made “internet gaming” a diagnosable disorder. But many experts aren’t even sure it exists.

4) Introduction: The Scope of Psychiatry

Psychiatry extends beyond our traditional roles in a medical setting and is well suited to be practiced in wide ranging collaborative, innovative, and integrated models of care.

5) To Prevent Suicide, Address It Directly

In this issue, Dr. Walby and colleagues present a meta-analysis of suicide rates among patients receiving mental health services, confirming that only about a quarter of suicide decedents had received mental health care just prior to death. Commenting on service and policy implications, the authors note that expanding access to mental health care should be a priority, because most individuals who died by suicide were not receiving such care. They also discuss the need to improve detection of suicide risk among patients receiving primary care and note that improvements in mental health care quality might help reduce suicide deaths.

Thank you and see you tomorrow for another edition of Best of 5 Reads.

Best Regards,

Vikram


2 thoughts on ““How to Respond When Someone Tells You They’ve Experienced Trauma” AND More on Best 5 Wednesday Reads

  1. Some great articles, thanks for putting these together – I especially liked
    1. The first with practical easy steps for responding to someone sharing about their trauma
    2. Koh’s introduction on the scope of psychiatry (I agree with the great potential of this field) and
    3. Research which supports improvements in mental health care quality to help reduce suicide deaths, along with expanding access to mental health care, because most individuals who died by suicide were not receiving such care.

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