Category: Anssi Leikola

Psychiatric care – Threat or opportunity?

At what point did helping people turn into rocket science? Was it when everything was to be listed in care recommendations? Or when someone calculated that more efficiency and savings are needed? When evidence based care became the goal? How can we turn greeting and a kind smile in to an evidence based practice? Exactly. There are a lot of elements in helping others that can’t be written down to recommendations. Everything that goes on between two individuals in a care relationship can never be examined in a way that would make it qualify as a medical recommendation.

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Hope at the doctor´s office

In general psychiatry and also in the whole medical world the meaning of hope is not valued enough. It is the sister of safety. And safety is the most important precondition for gaining mental health. We should rethink what mental illness is.

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Trauma behind the drug addiction

Therapeutic community as a method sees people behind drugs and challenging behaviour patterns. That is something all the people suffering and recovering from traumas should have. To be more than their symptoms. Emotional trauma and addiction go hand in hand and can be healed together.

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ESTD newsletter and Book review

When the authors were contacted afterwards through their website, Kaisa Klapuri wrote, and gave permission to print here: “We feel that by our work we have a meaning, a purpose in life. To live for something bigger than oneself, e.g., helping others, is the essential key to a happy life. We are deeply grateful that we got the chance to bring forth the voice of survivors themselves. We are living examples of the fact that trauma can be healed.

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Reader Feedback

This was the first time that I have visited such a conference and I lived a lot of intense experiences there. On Saturday I was at your presentation where some of you spoke about your experiences and your book. Your presentation has touched my heart. I have bought your book after the presentation and you have written a dedication in it. Since that day I carry your book with me every day and I have read it more than half way through.

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What is dissociation?

Etymologically, the word “trauma” means “damage” or “wound”. Even professionals often mix things up, and “trauma” is quite commonly used to refer to an experience or event in a person’s life. However, “trauma” should be used to refer specifically to the emotional damage an event has caused in a person. This becomes much simpler if, in looking for a definition, we return to Pierre Janet’s ideas. ”Emotional trauma” refers to psychophysical damage manifested as a splitting of the personality.”

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