Conversion Disorder

Definition – see video link below By Mayo Clinic Staff Conversion disorder, also called functional neurological symptom disorder, is a condition in which you show psychological stress in physical ways. The condition was so named to describe a health problem that starts as a mental or emotional crisis — a scary or stressful incident of some kind — and converts to a physical problem. For example, in conversion disorder, your leg may become paralyzed after you fall from a horse, even though you weren’t physically injured. Conversion disorder signs and symptoms appear with no underlying physical cause, and you can’t control them. Signs and symptoms of conversion disorder typically affect your movement or your senses, such as the ability to walk, swallow, see or hear. Conversion disorder symptoms can vary in severity and may come and go or be persistent. The outcome may be better in younger children than in teenagers and adults. According to some experts, most people get better with immediate and proper management. Symptoms By Mayo Clinic Staff Conversion disorder symptoms may appear suddenly after a stressful event or trauma, whether physical or psychological. Signs and symptoms that affect movement function may include: Weakness or paralysis Abnormal movement, such as tremors or difficulty walking Loss of balance Difficulty swallowing or “a lump in the throat” Seizures or convulsions Episode of unresponsiveness Signs and symptoms that affect the senses may include: Numbness or loss of the touch sensation Speech problems, such as inability to speak or slurred speech Vision problems, such as double vision or blindness Hearing problems or deafness When to see a doctor It’s best...

One Strike and your Out! – sign the petition

Australia Needs Rekiah’s Law – Jesse O’Donnell Diamond Creek, Australia On the 11th October 2013, I received the most gut wrenching phone call from my father. He had called to tell me that my 22 year old sister, Rekiah, had been murdered – shot in the head by the person who claimed to love her, Nelson Lai. Nelson had mentally and physically abused my sister for months on end, beating her, holding knives to her throat, kicking her in stomach, accusing her of cheating – which, when she denied, threatened to kill her until she admitted to being unfaithful. Rekiah would lie and tell Nelson she had feelings for other men, just to get a break from the abuse, as it seemed to satisfy his ice-fuelled frenzy. Nelson threatened to kill her on so many occasions, it became the norm. When Rekiah wanted to leave the relationship, Nelson would threaten to kill her family and her friends. My sister was a beautiful, headstrong woman. When she wanted something, she would stop at nothing to achieve it. She had a fierce determination and love for her family and friends, and always looked for the best in people. She saw something in Nelson – something that no one else could – and begged him to seek help. She would read psychology books and give him pamphlets on domestic violence. Yet, this murderer, Nelson Lai, did not care. At approximately 9am on October 11th, he shot my sister in the head. Nelson finally followed through on all his death threats. Nelson’s defence in court for the months of abuse and Rekiah’s murder, included...

Heal for Life

“It saved my life literally.  I hoped it would and it worked, so thank you all so much.” Meg T (July 2015) The Heal For Life Foundation began as one person’s dream to meet a very specific need; establish a safe place for survivors of childhood trauma and abuse to find healing and be empowered to heal from the effects of their childhood trauma or abuse (depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, mental illness and adverse coping strategies).   Website Link When Liz Mullinar began recovering memories of childhood abuse in 1993 she found that few services existed which understood her need or those of other survivors. In response to the lack of services Liz, and her husband Rod Phillips, helped found a nationwide charity ASCA (Advocates For Survivors of Child Abuse). ASCA was dedicated to raising awareness of child abuse and providing advocacy and support for survivors. As the organisation grew, the need for a Healing Centre to help survivors became apparent. Liz and Rod started looking for land half way between Sydney and Newcastle and, quite by accident, in 1996 they found and purchased 200 acres at Quorrobolong, near Cessnock in New South Wales, Australia. The land was named ‘Mayumarri’, an aboriginal word meaning ‘Peace’. Half of the land was gifted to the Mayumarri Trust in perpetuity and in 1998 the building of a centre began with a few accommodation cabins. In 1999 the main service building and chapel were built. Mayumarri was officially opened by the then Governor-General, Sir William Deane, in October 1999. *********** A wonderful way you can support Heal For Life. We are part of a...

Helpful Links for Parents

The Parenting Centre  www.theparentingcentre.com.au  Dr Bob Jacobs author of “Perfect Parents & Perfect Children”. Through a lifetime of advocating for children Dr Bob saw the need to establish a centre dedicated to assisting and empowering children and young people by helping parents access their tremendous power. Dr Bob’s work with individual adults and couples is aimed at assisting people to listen to their own ‘inner child’ and treat themselves with love and respect.   Link to purchase book Chapters Is This The Best We Can Do? How Parents Taught Me About Their Enormous Power Understanding The Child’s World Parenting Your Miracle: Celebrating Your Baby Understanding Child Development and Oppositional Behaviour Discipline: Eliminate Power Struggles “Terrific Twos”: Celebrating Your Toddler “Terrific Teenagers”: Celebrating Your Adolescent Did We Forget Latency? Discipline in General Education Psychiatry: Threatening the Celebration Parenting Through Conflict and Separation The Two Greatest Gifts Of Powerful Parenting The Ultimate Kids Matter   www.kidsmatter.edu.au Kids Matter is an Australian mental health and well-being initiative set in primary schools and early childhood education and care services (like preschools, kindergartens and day care centres).It’s a framework that helps these places take care of children’s mental health needs by: creating positive school and early childhood communities teaching children skills for good social and emotional development working together with families recognising and getting help for children with mental health problems.   Families Australia    http://www.familiesaustralia.org.au/ Who We Are With over 750 member organisations across Australia, Families Australia is a national, peak, not-for-profit organisation which strives to improve the wellbeing of all Australian families. Families Australia coordinates the Coalition of Organisations Committed to the Safety and...

Effects of Domestic Violence on Children

More than one million Australian children are affected by domestic violence, according to the Personal Safety Survey (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2006). More than two decades of international research definitively shows that infants, children and adolescents experience serious negative psychological, emotional, social, and developmental impacts to their wellbeing from the traumatic ongoing experiences of domestic violence. A number of recent Australia studies examining the family law system have brought attention to the experiences of children affected by violence and an urgent call to improving policies and practices to protect and support children and victimised caregivers. Research has shown that children and victimised caregivers can cope and recover, particularly when specialised services are offered. Specialised programs and counselling models are rapidly being developed and implemented, often with a growing focus of attending to the mother-child relationship. This review examines the literature in general and the recent Australia studies of family law legislation to explore the impacts on children who are affected by domestic violence, and provides recommendations for generalist social service practitioners working with these families. Project Ref: RG113568 Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse Children affected by domestic violence literature review for The Benevolent Society – refer to PDF link below:- Effects of Domestic Violence on...

Supporting Mothers – you are not alone!

1800MUMMYS understands the demands placed on mothers today. The expectation society places on us and especially the expectation we place on ourselves. The mothers involved in this website have years of experience and some great survivial skills to share with you. Please be assured you are not alone. We are here to help! We had the pleasure of meeting with Tabitha Claire & Zoe at the 1800MUMMYS launch on Saturday 19th January 2013.  Tabitha had concerns regarding her daughters first year at school and was very grateful of the “Back to School Preparation for Parents” day 1800MUMMYS hosted at Brennan Park on Bribie Island.  You can find more details regarding this day and topics discussed in our ARTICLES & INFO section....