From musculoskeletal and brain injuries to mental health
June 27, 2023 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Accidents can be Traumatic
Reviewing decades of research, the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration created a definition of trauma for use in mental healthcare and the legal system:
- There is a triggering event
- This event was experienced as physically or emotionally harmful, potentially life threatening
- The event has lasting negative effects on a person’s functioning and well-being.
[source: SAMHSA Report on Trauma]
It turns out that it is common for accidents to have lasting negative effects on a person’s mental health. After a car accident, people often experience anxiety, depression, and PTSD symptoms. Some common responses to trauma are:
- Intense, unpredictable feelings
- Disruptions to your normal routines, like difficulty sleeping and eating
- Difficulty concentrating
- Being more reactive to “triggers” in the environment, like loud noises or the smell of burning
- Problems in your close relationships, like increased conflict and arguments, or feeling disengaged and “shut down”
[source: American Psychological Association
Learning objectives: At the end of this presentation, delegates will be able to:
Explain how accidents don’t just have physical effects; they can also have psychological effects
Describe how accidents can cause trauma
Identify how trauma is something that we need to heal, the same way we heal physical injuries.
There is a Solution: Trauma Recovery Care
You can try to handle things on your own, but you’re going to be more successful if you have a team of trained professionals guiding you through the recovery process. In fact, lingering symptoms of trauma are successfully treated in thousands of people every year with a combination of physical rehab, therapy, and medication.