PTSD and Survivors of Traumatic Injury

PTSD and Survivors of Traumatic Injury

Traumatic injuries are caused by things like car crashes, gunshot wounds, assaults, work-related injuries, and falls. Survivors of traumatic injury are at an increased risk of developing PTSD and depression with 20-40% developing one or both disorders. When survivors develop PTSD and/or depression, they are less likely to recover from their physical injuries, which can make it more difficult to return to work and daily activities.

Head injury and traumatic brain accident medical and mental health care concept with a group of crumpled office paper shaped as a human mind with red highlighted area as a symbol of trauma problem.

Fortunately, there are very effective interventions to treat PTSD and related disorders after traumatic injury. Researchers recommend survivors who develop symptoms of PTSD seek services as early as possible to treat their symptoms and avoid chronic PTSD.

I have years of experience working with survivors of traumatic injury and their families, both during their hospitalization and after discharge in outpatient settings. I developed the Trauma Psychology program and Trauma Recovery Clinic at University Medical Center, New Orleans, a leader in treating the mental health needs of trauma survivors. I have conducted research with survivors and their families, advancing science for this unique patient population. My training in evidence based interventions for PTSD and unique knowledge of physical and emotional healing after injury make her the ideal provider for your post-injury recovery.

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