Aurore Sabouraud-Séguin

Life After Shock Overcoming Psychological Trauma Publication date : March 1, 2006

Victims — and witnesses — of natural disasters, accidents, muggings, sexual violence and hostage taking can show signs of serious psychological disturbance in the weeks, months or even years following the traumatic event.
An event which was not perceived at the time as life threatening may result in a psychological injury that will not heal with the simple words of comfort proffered by friends and family such as “It’s over now!” or “Stop thinking about it!” It is often impossible to forget, for the feelings of anxiety are ever-present and depression is never far.
What can be done so that a normal life can begin again? How can the frightful memories be stopped from becoming obsessive? What can be done to stop the terrible “film” from being projected over and over again? Why do so many rape victims feel they have been “defiled”? Why do victims so often feel guilty simply because they have survived? What can be done to help restore victims’ feelings of trust, and to stop them from being afraid of everything that reminds them of the traumatic event?
Aurore Sabouraud-Séguin offers examples, explanations, advice and practical exercises to help trauma victims learn to live normally.

Aurore Sabouraud-Séguin is a psychiatrist trained in cognitive and behavioural therapies. She heads a centre for victims of psychological traumas.