Oct 7, 2016
Welcome to Therapy Chat! In today’s episode host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C discusses the AMC drama “Mad Men.” If you are a fan of the show, you’ll want to listen and if you haven’t watched it before, maybe you will be intrigued to check it out. Just a warning, though, this episode contains some spoilers so if you don’t want to know some of the important plot points, maybe you should watch the show first and come back to this episode later. Laura is a trauma therapist, and she talks about how the main character of Mad Men, Don Draper, exhibits characteristics common in survivors of childhood abuse trauma. Actor Jon Hamm and show creator Matthew Weiner masterfully characterize a man who is tormented by his inner demons. Laura describes how the traumatic experiences of Don Draper’s childhood could have led to him becoming the adult we meet in the first episode of the series, and what someone who has these symptoms now can do to get help. Laura explains some of the symptoms commonly experienced by survivors of childhood abuse and neglect and lists some of the therapeutic techniques which can be effective in healing childhood trauma. Laura also references past episode of Therapy Chat with more information on the subjects of childhood abuse and the long term emotional and physical effects of childhood trauma.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
Therapy Chat Episode 19 on the Epidemic of Childhood Trauma
Therapy Chat Episode 30 on Childhood Sexual Abuse
Therapy Chat Episode 26 on Using the Body to Heal Trauma with Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA
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