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Life Changing Moments: Wrestling with Trauma with Dr. Omar Reda

Updated: Feb 4

(Editor’s Note: Dr. Dael’s audio in this episode is somewhat muted. However the conversation we felt was certainly worth publishing, so please forgive the poor sound quality on this one.)

When the country of Libya fell into Civil War, Dr. Omar Reda was faced with a decision, return at great personal danger, or stay in safety with the personal pain that went with that. He explains his decision in this week’s show.

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Omar Reda is a board-certified psychiatrist, a Harvard-trained trauma expert, an author, and a family advocate, but most importantly a dreamer and strong believer in the potential of finding beauty in all human encounters.

When working with traumatized individuals, families, and communities, caregivers are not only prone to vicarious trauma listening to the stories of others, but many tend to neglect their needs and boundaries, risking compassion fatigue and burnout.

The act of caregiving is physically exhausting and emotionally draining, yet caregivers describe it as rewarding and gratifying. Prolonged exposure to human suffering, however, is not without risks, caregivers report high rates of burnout and poor quality of life, hence the importance of selfcare and tending to the soul.

Many care providers believe that their feelings do not matter, and that they should ignore their pain, brush off their trauma, wipe away their tears, and just “suck it up” and keep going. The Wounded Healer calls upon healers to break free from cycles of secrecy, toxic stress, and silent suffering so they can continue to empower and inspire those they care for.

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