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How conducting trauma therapy changes the therapist

Several years ago I was doing some research on the differential effects on psychotherapists of working with patients who were dealing with the aftereffects of  traumatic histories.  It is well known that some therapists who work over long periods of time with trauma victims, particularly survivors of sexual abuse/violence, are afflicted with what is variously called "compassion fatigue," "vicarious traumatization (VT), or secondary trauma"...

February 26, 2011 — May Benatar

Did romantic composer Chopin suffer from epilepsy-induced hallucinations?

Whether incited by handicap, illness or drug use, the romantic movement was full of ghastly imaginings—such as those painted by Francisco de Goya—and fantastic scenes—as described in Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Kubla Khan." At least one great music mind of the time might also have been influenced by more than a general malaise, report the authors of a new paper published online January 24 in Medical Humanities ...

January 25, 2011 — Katherine Harmon
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