WHAT ARE THE NEGATIVE FEELINGS AND FAMILY IN MENTAL HEALTH?
Sometimes family members have
surprisingly negative feelings about the traumatized family member. They may
believe the trauma survivor no longer exhibits the qualities that they loved
and admired. A person who was outgoing before a trauma may become withdrawn. A
person who was fun loving and easy-going before a trauma may become ill
tempered. It may be hard to feel good toward a person who seems to have changed
in many ways. Family members may also respond negatively to behaviours that
develop following a trauma. For instance, family members may be disgusted by a
woman’s over drinking in response to a trauma.
Family members may also have negative
feelings about the survivor that are directly related to the traumatic event.
For example, a wife may no longer respect her husband if she feels he didn’t behave bravely during a traumatic event. A husband whose wife was raped may feel disgusted…
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