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Clearing Trauma

Clearing Trauma

Introduction

Brain injury can bring a whole wake of different types of stressors and trauma, and when unaddressed, these can lead to mental health problems. Unchecked emotion can also make it more challenging to understand the extent of cognitive and executive impairments.

It is essential to nip trauma in the bud, and there are several approaches that people can take. For many people treatment involves working with psychotherapists, councillors and other talking therapists, however, wherever possible it is vital to try and find someone experienced in treating people with brain injury as misconceptions of causes of symptoms can occur.

If a therapist doesn’t fully understand the complexity of brain injury outcomes they may inadvertently lead a patient down the wrong path, advise on the wrong course of treatments or even prescribe drugs that are harmful following a brain injury.

Misunderstandings can lead to patients to become even more stressed and anxious, leading to further inflammation and a worsening of symptoms.

If your GP is unable to make a direct qualified referral, it is worthwhile asking to see a neuropsychologist who will be able to make a full evaluation before sending patients for further treatment. It can also be helpful to speak to a local brain injury organisation.

Nurturing a willingness to keep trying and allowing some self-compassion after occasional meltdowns is also important.

Breaking things down

Many people struggle with understanding the source of their distress and have difficulty breaking overwhelming emotions down. 

Whilst we may not have everything covered we have tried to list the most common sources of distress to help you hone in on the area you need to focus on:

Traumatic memories

Negative emotions

Grief also see Loss of insight for survivors and  Loss of insight for families

Relationships

Habits

Beliefs

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