Adverse events: traumatic or potential for growth?

Published on Dec 1, 2012in British Journal of Mental Health Nursing
· DOI :10.12968/BJMH.2012.1.4.220
Hugh Koch1
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Arnie Cann53
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Joshua Williams2
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Exposure to stress, adverse events and catastrophic trauma is not unusual in the course of a lifetime, and the consequences can be significant for many. Events including terrorist attacks, tsunamis, hurricanes as well as other man-made adverse events such as work accidents, road traffic accidents and medical negligence make the study of such reactions important. Most exposed individuals, due to their resilience do not develop a psychological disorder. From the clinical and public health perspective, can individuals who may be vulnerable be helped to become more resilient? Are we both resilient and vulnerable simultaneously? Can a perspective of post-traumatic growth promote a greater awareness of ‘stress inoculation’, thereby providing necessary tools to foster prevention of adverse reactions and facilitate recovery and growth at both individual and social levels? Can contemporary CBT encourage personal growth after trauma?
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