Where life seemed stable and predictable before the trauma, changes have taken place, sometimes dramatically, sometimes forever. Career paths, emotional well-being, financial stability, family roles may all change. There may be stress and confusion where
families try to process new information (particularly medical and technical terms). It is important to feel free to ask for explanations, even if you ask the same question many times. Health professionals understand that it is difficult to take in
new information when under stress.
While family and friends will differ in their responses to the trauma survivor, many find it difficult to treat the patient "normally". They may hide their true feelings in an effort to distance themselves from distress or to spare the patient. Families
may also cover up negative feelings which they may see as potentially harmful to the patients (eg anger, blame). It is, however, important for communication to remain open and for deception to be avoided even if it initially appears to protect the
Recovery from Traumatic Injury
Serious injury is a complex phenomenon and in the early stages of treatment and recovery the patient is often in an emotional and behavioral fog induced by pain, medication and unfamiliarity with the hospital system.
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