Denied Help For Sexual Abuse, Dead Days Later

Today’s NZ Herald brings this tragic story. The minister of ACC, Nick Smith, and ACC have been warned by counsellors and support services for over 6 months now that the new clinical pathway will cost lives. Sadly, it was not an empty warning!

“A review of new rules for sexual abuse counselling has come too late to save a South Auckland mother who died four days after her claim for ACC-funded counselling was rejected.

Counselling Services Centre manager Emma Castle said the mother-of-three’s claim for counselling for sexual abuse she had suffered as a child was rejected by ACC two months ago on the grounds that she had not suffered “a significant mental injury”.

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6 Tips to Reduce Stress

Beach I have just discovered a great blog about PTSD with very useful articles, one of which was about how to deal with the stress caused by PTSD. It's based on the fact that stress is caused by elevated cortisol levels in the blood and the article lists a number of things you can do to lower your cortisol levels. Here it goes …

1. Mediation lowers the cortisol level by 20%

2. Sleeping (good 8 hours rest) lowers the levels by 50%

3. Dinking black tea leads to a reduction of cortisol by 47%

4. Going out with a funny friend reduces cortisol by 39%

5. Having a massage takes care of 31% reduction of cortisol

6. Spiritual activity reduces cortisol by 25%.

The articles quotes research that came up with these findings. So, if you find your present stress level is too high, make sure you have a good sleep, then meet up with a funny friend(s) and so some silly stuff while drinking some black tea. That should take care of the bad stress for you!

If you want to read some more, go to my articles under the category stress here!

6 Tips to Reduce Stress

Beach I have just discovered a great blog about PTSD with very useful articles, one of which was about how to deal with the stress caused by PTSD. It's based on the fact that stress is caused by elevated cortisol levels in the blood and the article lists a number of things you can do to lower your cortisol levels. Here it goes …

1. Mediation lowers the cortisol level by 20%

2. Sleeping (good 8 hours rest) lowers the levels by 50%

3. Dinking black tea leads to a reduction of cortisol by 47%

4. Going out with a funny friend reduces cortisol by 39%

5. Having a massage takes care of 31% reduction of cortisol

6. Spiritual activity reduces cortisol by 25%.

The articles quotes research that came up with these findings. So, if you find your present stress level is too high, make sure you have a good sleep, then meet up with a funny friend(s) and so some silly stuff while drinking some black tea. That should take care of the bad stress for you!

If you want to read some more, go to my articles under the category stress here!

The Rocky Road of Integration

DID System There seems to be a myth about integration where people expect never to have flashbacks, depression, and triggers to interfere with their lives. Although they interlectually understand and even proclaim that "recovery is a lifelong process", they get discouraged when they find themselves in spaces that are very reminicent of the 'bad times'. So here are some thoughts about this confusing, difficult phase.

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