LEVIN FAMILY HEALTH - Open 1st August 2023


Gary says... We do not clearly understand the effects realised after a Traumatic Event

The aftermath of a Truamatic Event can leave unseen wounds that persist long after the physical scars have healed. Emotional trauma, often overlooked, can profoundly disrupt one's life, affecting daily functioning and impeding recovery. It's crucial to recognize and address these hidden repercussions to facilitate healing and restore well-being.

Following many Traumatic Events, the cascade of events can trigger lasting emotional distress, stemming from severe injuries, the fear of death, or the loss of a loved one. This trauma, a natural response to such harrowing experiences, is akin to a physical injury and warrants proper treatment for optimal recovery.

The mental effects of trauma can be profound. Survivors, regardless of the severity of physical injuries, whether physical or mental, may grapple with moderate to severe mental health symptoms, exacerbating distress as they navigate pain and disability. Psychological anguish can impede physical healing, disrupt sleep, and induce persistent reliving of the traumatic event.

Grief, not confined to bereavement, encompasses mourning for various losses, including health, independence, and financial security due to debilitating injuries. It's a struggle to reconcile with permanent changes and yearn for a return to pre-accident life.

Acute stress reaction, a normal response post-accident - post trauma, may evolve into post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) if left unaddressed. Factors such as economic status, prior psychiatric history, and perceived threat during the accident can heighten the risk. PTSD, affecting a significant proportion of survivors, manifests through persistent anxiety, mood disturbances, and intrusive thoughts.

Depression, often intertwined with chronic pain or newfound disabilities, can exacerbate feelings of helplessness and isolation. Survivor's guilt, common among those who outlive others in the accident, compounds emotional anguish, as does persistent anxiety that hinders daily life.

However, with the right support and interventions like cognitive behavioural therapy and medication, individuals can overcome these challenges. By acknowledging and addressing the hidden repercussions of trauma, we can pave the way for comprehensive healing and restoration of well-being.

Levin Family Health enable people to talk and discuss any challenges they may be experiencing - we also acknowledge the work being done in other countries and encourage our readers to check out the following: Traumatic Accidents & Mental Health | Farah & Farah (farahandfarah.com)