How to Deal with Mental Distress after Physical Trauma

It is true that there are moments – solitary events – that can change one’s life forever.  For many people who have sustained significant physical harm the idea of never being the same again is one that they must deal with on a daily basis.  Sometimes it is not the physical injury itself that creates the most prolonged pain and suffering but the psychological and emotional trauma whose epicentre was that one awful instant of injury.

Direct Harm

Oftentimes psychological issues arise directly from brain injury.  The brain is still not fully understood but we do know that anything from concussions to brain hemorrhages do have an effect on brain operation depending on severity or repetition.  Most commonly this will manifest itself as headaches, seizures, difficulty speaking or understanding speech, memory issues, and loss of fine motor skills or coordination.  There are many other possible symptoms that could manifest themselves and have a significant impact on one’s quality of life.

In addition to those above, psychiatric disorders can also manifest themselves in those that have been injured.  Personality shifts can occur as well as a higher chance of depression, greater proneness to anger, and severe anxiety.

Indirect Harm

Even if one has not suffered direct brain injury the possibility of pain and suffering due to emotional and psychological distress still exists.  Injury to the body, the ensuing physical pain, as well as any additional fallout including impact on personal and professional lives can create a recipe for