Fresh Perspectives on Trauma and Abuse

In the battle against trauma, people, the community and societies institutions, are either trauma supporting or fighting against trauma – there is no middle ground.

To treat trauma as a problem merely about food, to believe in a genetic basis of behavior, to simply locate the problem as a pathology of the individual, or to treat the problem only through pharmaceuticals is extremely pro-anorexic. These treatment strategies help to maintain the problem by denying the scope of the problem.

Pro-Anorexic ideas would have us believe that trauma exists in a vacuum – that it just is, that it is a freak of nature, that it is merely a case of bad genes or being a spoiled little rich girl.

To take up a stance against the problem – to be anti-anorexic – is to realize that there is a definite and necessary place for medicine in the treatment of trauma. It is also important to realize that there are a multitude of social factors living at the very heart of the problem.

  • What if we began to imagine the problem of trauma as a cultural by-product, a dysfunctional western theme, a living reproduction of the social order?
  • What if we were to begin to realize that each of us, in our own way, support and maintain the ideas of trauma.
  • What if we began to locate this problem within a persuasive set of rules for living as dictated by a very persuasive society of rules for living?

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