Do People With Mental Illness Suffer from Trauma?


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Many people don’t understand how mental illness, in and of itself, can be traumatic. Everything from the emotions, physical sensations, and even treatment – locked in a ward or a hospital, often against our will – is a recipe for trauma. While every person with mental illness is different, most people with serious and persistent mental illness describe being traumatized in addition to the impact of the illness itself.

In this episode of A Bipolar, a Schizophrenic, and a Podcast, our hosts discuss their own traumas as they relate to living with – and getting help for – mental illness. They both recall their time receiving treatment in the psychiatric hospital and Michelle tells the story of her encounter with a police officer that ended less than ideally.

Listen in to understand that trauma and mental illness are two separate issues that often go hand-in-hand.

Highlights from ‘Trauma and Mental Illness’ Episode

[1:30] What is a layman’s definition of trauma?

[4:00] Gabe and Michelle’s traumatic experiences in the psychiatric ward.

[9:00] Michelle tells the story of her “run-in” with a police officer.

[15:00] They discuss Michelle’s feelings about what happened with the police officer.

[19:50] What should/could the police officer have done differently?

[21:00] Information about training police officers to help people with mental illness.

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