Talking Trauma in Hollywood and Homes

According to Google Trends Americans have been more interested in trauma than ever before this year.

Kanye West’s recent hospitalization reignited the conversation on mental illness and trauma in Hollywood and is shedding light on the ways that we define and treat trauma in both children and adults.Though West has been released from the hospital and he has not announced any official diagnosis the public continues to speculate. Many believe the death of West’s mother was a trigger for his behavior.

South London counsellor Kwame Opoku asked his twitter followers to show support for West and others dealing with mental health problems.
South London counsellor Kwame Opoku asked his twitter followers to show support for West and others dealing with mental health problems.

With interest at a high, experts and journalists are taking the opportunity to educate the curious masses on the truth about mental health and treatment.

Google Trends shows a consistent increase in searches for "trauma" in recent years.
Google Trends shows a consistent increase in searches for “trauma” in recent years.

Psychodynamic psychotherapist Santiago Delboy discussed the way in which patients experience trauma in a LinkedIn post. Delboy asserts that trauma has become a mainstream term and when technical terms become normalized “the price of increased awareness is a diluted understanding of what they really mean”.

Research shows that adverse childhood experiences (ACE) can cause the onset of illnesses in adulthood. Dr. Allison Jackson explained how common ACE can be in her TED Talk.

Jackson broke down the statistics of the audience using the example of a young man who witnessed domestic violence at a young age. This boy, Henry, encounters several people who may have helped him and changed the course of his life but they chose not to interfere. Jackson says that silence gives consent.

Dr. Jackson’s TED Talk:A Call to Connection: Making Childhood Trauma Personal.

Social worker Victoria Peoples shared this video in Google + group Trauma Informed Care Information.
Social worker, Victoria Peoples shared this video to her Google + collection Trauma Informed Care Information.

The New York TimesDavid Borenstein wrote about ACE initiatives in his article Putting the Power of Self-Knowledge to WorkNancy Cambria, Children and Families reporter at the St. Louis Post Dispatch started the hashtag #takeabreakstl to bring attention to toxic stress. Cambria and the Post-Dispatch also produced pieces on de-stressing and appeasing trauma in youth through trauma informed schools.The National Alliance on Mental Health  has started the #IStopStigmaBy campaign, urging people to take the pledge to action against harmful stereotypes and stigmas surrounding mental illness.Across the board it seems that experts are calling for more education and understanding on the issues of stress, trauma and mental illness.

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