Regain your brain

Regain your brain

Awakening from Alzheimer’s One of the most heartbreaking times in my life was when I watched my mother slowly transition from an energetic, gentle artist and loving mother to a victim of Alzheimer’s. To begin with she was amusingly forgetful and would stock the...
“Be a man” – a trauma trap

“Be a man” – a trauma trap

Andrew’s busy and strict parents did not tolerate the normal outbursts of a small child who has multiple tumbles and tantrums a day while discovering the world. At an early age he learnt to suppress his feelings. “Be a man” became his mantra in times of pain or...
Handling the Trauma of a Devastating Diagnosis

Handling the Trauma of a Devastating Diagnosis

Being told one has a dreadful illness can cause shock, fear and inner turmoil. We may want to lash out at every single healthy person we see, or run away to a desert island or a favourite holiday spot. We may go numb, phase out of conversations, forget facts, shut...
Stress Versus Trauma

Stress Versus Trauma

STRESS Stress is a heavily used word nowadays. Everyone between the ages of seven and seventy-seven seems to reckon they’re stressed in one way or another. Realistically they may be correct in their assessment, whether they are: a seven year-old going to the dentist;...
Humanity – Vulnerability, Love and Compassion

Humanity – Vulnerability, Love and Compassion

In this past week, blatant and extreme cruelty has been exposed, heavily disguised as law and order. Putting politics aside, let’s touch on the harm that has been done to over two thousand children, their parents and their families. Babies are affected by the stress...