Join Dr. Sullivan for the eighth session of our Virtual Stroke Recovery Group: Rule #8 ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR TRAUMA
If we do not acknowledge traumatic stress symptoms, we miss an opportunity to optimize recovery. Historically, traumatic stress-related mood disorders, including post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), have been thought of as occurring after an external event, such as war, sexual assault, natural disaster or a car accident. However, psychologists are increasingly recognizing that stress disorders can occur following any event, including those that happen within us, like stroke. A traumatic event is any experience that involves the threat of death or serious injury, particularly when sudden or unexpected, that results in intense fear or feelings of helplessness.