What is Medical Trauma?

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Medical trauma can develop after a stressful or frightening medical experience or following a series of distressing medical experiences. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including painful, invasive, or distressing illness/injury, improper medical treatment, frightening medical procedure(s), or discrimination in a medical setting. Medical trauma can affect people of all ages, but children and people with pre-existing mental health conditions may be at higher risk.

Symptoms of Medical Trauma

The symptoms of medical trauma can vary from person to person, but some of the most common include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Avoidance of doctors or hospitals
  • Hypervigilance
  • Difficulty trusting medical professionals
  • Changes in mood or cognition

Medical trauma is not a sign of weakness; it is a normal reaction to stressful or frightening experiences. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to seek professional support – particularly if you have an ongoing physical health condition. A therapist can help you to understand and cope with your symptoms and develop healthy coping mechanisms.

Medical Trauma Counselling Norwich

Here at Angsana Psychology, we offer trauma therapy in Norwich for those with medical trauma. Our experienced clinical psychologist Dr Jinnie Ooi can help you to understand your symptoms and develop coping mechanisms, enabling you to heal from your experience and move forwards with your life. Integrates different techniques from a range of evidence-based models, our targeted therapy for medical trauma can include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT).

Seek Help from Our Norwich Psychologist

If you or someone close to you is struggling with medical trauma, contact us today for an initial assessment with our therapist in Norwich, where we will discuss your past medical trauma, the difficulties you are currently experiencing, and your therapy goals.