Psychology Treatment on Lien for the Injured Patient in Phoenix AZ
When treating trauma patients, it is important to remember to treat psychological health as well as physical health of the patient. Many patients, after undergoing some sort of trauma, experience a certain level of psychological distress that can hinder the progress being made by the treatment of their trauma. Understanding that psychological well-being affects physical wellbeing is an important step in the healing process.
Treating Trauma Psychologically
For many trauma patients that have undergone some sort of disfiguring traumatic experience, healing the physical injuries is only the first step. Many patients feel as if they have been branded as different following their trauma, especially when permanent scars are visible. For instance, burn victims are marked with a permanent scar that serves as a constant reminder of the pain they have felt. Psychological distress can negatively affect the way the body responds to treatment, and it is important to make sure everything is being done to heal the body following trauma.
In order to fully understand victims of trauma, it is imperative to view them not as victims, but as survivors. This can give doctors a better understanding of the psychological mindset these patients are in when seeking treatment. Much of the psychological damage of trauma comes from the loss of self-confidence.
Patients who suffer trauma, at times, feel as if they are separated from the world as a whole because they have gone through something that most other people have not experienced. This can make them feel isolated, which can shake their self-confidence.
Feeling ostracized or “weird” can affect the psychological wellbeing of someone who has experienced trauma. It is important to recognize this feeling when treating trauma patients and try to connect with them.
Patients of trauma tend to have emotional issues following their incident, but they also can experience things like insomnia or having low energy. These things are direct results of the trauma patients have endured. For example, burn victims who have to remain in the hospital for extended periods of time while their wounds heal have a lot of time to think about and fixate on their burns. Patients experience some semblance of irritability and insomnia because they focus on the remnants of the trauma, but most of them report less bouts of psychological distress after a few weeks following the initial trauma. However, if a patient is not able to accept the injury, the psychological distress will need further treatment.
Professional Psychological Help
There are many ways to treat the psychology of trauma patients, but not all of them involve health care professionals. There are plenty of non-psychiatric and non-psychological activities in which patients can participate including but not limited to attending support groups run by other survivors, connecting with friends and family, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and doing things that were done prior to experiencing trauma. All of these things can help patients to get back to a sense of normalcy, which is vital in the psychological healing process.
If patients prefer a more professional approach to their psychological health, there are options for that as well. Patients can be treated using psychotherapy, which is being treated with psychology rather than medicine. Many health care professionals such as psychologists, social workers, and others are trained in offering professional sessions designed to work through psychological issues to deal with trauma. They offer effective methods in order to help patients cope with the stress of traumatic injury. Some of these methods include cognitive behavioral therapy, stress management, and other coping strategies.
In some drastic cases, psychotherapy may not be enough to help patients cope with the stress of trauma. In these cases, there are medical methods that may be undertaken. Doctors may prescribe medication to help with severe sleep disorders, pain, anxiety, and even depression. If a patient’s psychological health does not seem to cope with any of these treatments alone, doctors may also recommend a combination of the treatments.
While physical wounds from traumatic injuries are visible, there are other wounds that are not visible that also need to be treated. Psychological issues following the experience of trauma can often be detrimental to the healing process, and it is important that it is not overlooked when treating patients of trauma.
USAN offers psychologists in Phoenix who accept personal injury liens for treatment. This helps avoid out of pocket expenses and ties in with the extensive Network of providers, imaging centers and surgery centers accepting liens. Call USAN today!