Speaking Out Loud
Like Wanniarachchi says in her quote, stand up, speak up, roar. Let us not be silent till we are all equal. There is no age limit to when we can start making a difference, even if just small baby steps because to some disadvantaged people. These baby steps are large strides in the right direction.
It takes a lot of courage to admit defeat. A lot of courage to say, “I have been hurt”, “I am traumatized”, “I was abused”, “my life is a mess right now”. It is an on-going cycle and the scars and burden we carry hang on to our feet like a corpse being dragged everywhere we go. It is the words we do not say that will haunt us physically, emotionally and mentally.
This is what you shall do “This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God,…
Lebanon is still healing from the trauma it had to endure for years and years. It is something we easily forget given the last year we had to face with uncertainty due to the 2020 COVID global pandemic that put the entire world in lockdowns. We feared for our future while the people of Lebanon had to constantly fear for their life, we worried about our travel plans while the people of Lebanon worried about their next meal
If you thought you had a bad year, Lebanon had quite the 2020. Political discomfort, an economy barely hanging they also had to face the COVID pandemic with little resources. But what happened on August 2020 shook the whole world. The port blast was a tragedy the country had to face on top of its other problems, people were running out of hospitals, some women were even giving birth during that time.
Unconsciously we document everything, if not on paper, film or photo then in our minds, our bodies even muscle tissue and fascia. Today more than ever we have access to technologies that allow us to document the smallest of things especially on our social media channels
According to the United Nations, Women official website; 35 % of women worldwide have experienced either physical or sexual violence or harassment in their life, either from their partner or a stranger. That is 1 in 3 women worldwide and that is not all; in 2017 87,000 women were killed
In many societies, there is a stigma surrounding not feeling ok as if it is taboo to be real. Many of us were raised to believe that it was wrong to speak about your misfortune and ill feelings, and while I understand the intention, I do not understand why we must lie about our true feelings.
In life we will all face challenges, some more traumatic than others. I truly believe that each event or incident whether good or bad plays a role in shaping us to become the best version of ourselves. Most importantly, whenever we go through something, big or small we must speak about it, giving others the courage to do the same and reminding them that they are never alone so we can heal as a collective and as cliché as it sounds, make the world a better place.
We continue our series with clinical psychologist Dr. Ottilia Brown from Lighthouse Arabia on how to heal trauma. Dr Brown explains that that untreated trauma can lead to psychiatric conditions like posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety disorder, substance use disorders, dissociative disorders and adjustment disorders which significantly affect functioning and quality of life.
The impacts of trauma go far beyond one’s simple imagination. There is not one word or end result; the impacts range from physical, to behavioural and even spiritual. If untreated, the impacts of trauma can manifest in ugly ways; for instance, the physical effects can range from insomnia to headaches and digestive issues. Whereas, psychological responses range from sadness, anger and shame to nightmares and even difficult relationships.
Explaining Trauma Q & A with Dr Ottilia Brown Trauma takes many shapes and forms, one of our organizations mission is to help individuals and communities heal from trauma through story telling. In order to really dissect the matter, we speak to clinical
Define Trauma “There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.” ― Laurell K. Hamilton, Mistral's Kiss Trauma can feel like an unexpected slap in the face, both metamorphically and physically. The APA (The...