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Treating The Core Problem of Childhood Trauma: Liz Mullinar (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of Liz Mullinar’s talk titled “Treating The Core Problem of Childhood Trauma” at TEDxNewy 2011 conference.

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Understanding Drug Prevention and Parental Concerns

Can anyone explain to me why we spend millions and millions of dollars on educating about drug prevention, don’t take drugs because they’re bad for you? And allowing parents to worry themselves sick about will my child get into drugs because they mix in a bad company. They don’t have to worry at all. People are addicted to drugs, because of their pain.

So they are not going to do it because they’re in bad company. It’s just because they have suffered some trauma, and it’s not an easy thing to solve and heal from. Let’s take an issue that the last two speakers have both talked about: mental illness. Across a research, academic search over the whole of research into this area in 2005: 69.9% of psychiatric inpatients, with serious psychotic disorders, you probably guessed, yes all of them had suffered from childhood trauma.

The Link Between Mental Illness and Childhood Trauma

Bipolar disorder was mentioned. 82 to 86% of people with bipolar disorder, have suffered from some form of childhood trauma. Border personality disorder: 90% have suffered. Then let’s talk about the one that we have been million, 79 million dollars last year spent on raising awareness of: depression.

How many people who suffer from depression do you think have suffered from childhood trauma or abuse? 80%, research tells us. And how many of you here have heard one word about what’s happened in your childhood, and might help you to heal from your depression or anxiety. So what we are doing, raising awareness, so that we can feed the pharmaceutical companies!

So that people can take more medication! Because after all in Australia, we take more anti-depressants than any other country in the world. I work with survivors of childhood trauma, and I know from my independent research, that four years after just a five-day program, there is a highly statistically significant — can never say that word, highly statistically significant reduction in depression.

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