Restoring Hope After Diagnosis
Dr. William McDermott, internationally renown Trauma Psychologist,
There are tremendous differences between how people stretch and cope during traumatic events. In travelling through these journeys, people become lost. Their psychology and emotionality does not operate the way it normally did. Although feelings vary, traumatized people second guess themselves, doubt their competencies and doubt their goodness. This leaves them bewildered, frightened, frightened and insecure for a time. We need to let them know what they are feeling is typical. They are not abnormal. They are not losing it; they are finding it. When we join with them, when we embrace them, by standing by, we are already helping them tremendously. We accept them, we help them accept themselves, accept what has been lost, and appreciate what has been gained.