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Social isolation and loneliness are increasingly becoming societal problems, as they contribute to polarization and affect our physical health. Mental health professionals, community advocates and health-care providers have been raising the alarm about this impending crisis.
“Long COVID is an umbrella term for the many post-acute consequences that result from COVID-19. The more we learn, the more we see that COVID-19 can affect nearly every organ in the body — from the heart and brain to the lungs, kidneys, skin, and gastrointestinal (GI) tract. We are still learning, but we need to listen to our patients, validate their experiences, and treat their symptoms.”
Trauma can be a strange and often insidious beast. We can be traumatized by directly being impacted by an event like a violent physical attack, a rape, a natural disaster, or an experience in combat, but we can also be traumatized indirectly by caring for, hearing about, or witnessing the intense suffering of others. Both the direct and indirect impact of traumatic events can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
For accountants, it’s tax time; for teachers, it’s September. And for therapists, the busiest time of year is the holidays. Every therapist knows that the winter holiday season is rife with pain, angst and grief.
Todos los años, hay niños y adolescentes que están expuestos a acontecimientos catastróficos y otras experiencias traumáticas. Los padres de familia, los socorristas y los miembros de la comunidad en general pueden ayudar a los niños a iniciar el proceso de recuperación y a superar estas experiencias.
Trauma is common in women; five out of ten women experience a traumatic event. Women tend to experience different traumas than men. While both men and women report the same symptoms of PTSD (hyperarousal, reexperiencing, avoidance, and numbing), some symptoms are more common for women or men.
Luego de sufrir un trauma, los sobrevivientes a menudo dicen que su primera sensación es sentirse aliviados por estar vivos. Esto podría estar seguido por estrés, miedo e ira. Los sobrevivientes de un trauma también podrían descubrir que son incapaces de dejar de pensar en lo que ocurrió. Muchos sobrevivientes presentan un alto grado de alerta, lo que hace que reaccionen intensamente ante los sonidos e imágenes a su alrededor.
Most people have stress reactions after a trauma. Having such a reaction has nothing to do with personal weakness. Stress reactions may last for several days or even a few weeks. For most people, if reactions or symptoms that feel like PTSD occur, they will slowly decrease over time.
Anger and irritability are common side eﬀects of a brain injury. They’re heightened when we view other’s actions through a negative lens. Here are some strategies to help reduce anger, irritation, and aggression. Sometimes it helps to PAUSE before you react: