Andrea Steffens

Ashlar Associate, Taiwo Lateef Sheikh Honored

My Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I present to you the Merit Award (for excellence in promotion of human and healthcare development in Nigeria) bestowed on me by Sir Ahmadu Bello (Sardauna) Memorial Foundation, and presented by the Chairman, Justice Mamman Nasir, former Chief Justice of Nigeria. Today, it is the most prestigious merit award in Northern Nigeria, the Foundation is supported by the nineteen (19) Northern Governors and the friends and family of the Late Sardauna of Sokoto. I wish to humbly express my deep appreciation for your congratulatory messages and kind words. This award is for psychiatry and I believe that it will lead to a better understanding of the role of the Psychiatrist in our National development and as well mitigate stigma. I thank all those who worked and supported me to make our collective efforts visible and those who challenged me and made the good in me to manifest.

                                            

Women, War and What they fed the children.

"There is no greater burden that carrying an untold story."      Maya Angelou                            

Eighty percent of the world’s refugees and internally displaced people are women and children. 

In order to humanize these statistics, we are gathering stories of women and children from around the world who have experienced war or live in war impacted areas.   In this project, we are not looking at politics or perpetrators, we are simply sharing stories of experience. And, we help where we can to resolve symptoms of toxic stress as well as offering resources toward re-mediating other problems. our goals are publicizing stories and building resilience and sustainability of gains made by our story tellers by engaging in our program.  

Click here for the project website

 

Adverse Experience

Traumatic Stress – medically induced

After finishing a grueling year and a half bout of treatment for colon cancer, "Elizabeth" began having some very bizarre symptoms (to her). She was emotionally erratic, explosive, anxious, and afraid to leave home, easily startled, had nightmares and was paranoid – afraid everything would hurt her. She didn't sleep well and she, who was/is a very social being, was not interested in seeing her many friends. Yes, she was depressed but it was more than that. Her husband, a Vietnam vet recognized her symptoms as fitting the profile of PTSD.  She looked for and received trauma treatment because traditional counseling is not a good fit with PTSD. Traumatic Stress symptoms are created by a brain locked into survival -- telling the story in a prescribed way ameliorates or eliminates symptoms.  And why?  You will learn that in our class.

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