Traumatic loss can be extremely difficult and complicated because a person may be dealing with post-traumatic stress and grief at the same time. There is a natural healing process that takes place after a loss. However, avoiding the thoughts and emotions related to the traumatic loss can slow down or even stop that healing process.
TYPES OF TRAUMATIC LOSSES: traumatic death of loved one (e.g. loss of a buddy in combat), loss of physical ability after traumatic (e.g. loss of limb in combat), loss of opportunity
THE ROLE YOU AVOIDANCE: If you refuse to address or look at the emotions and thoughts related to the traumatic loss then those emotions and thoughts never get a chance to get processed.
SO WHAT CAN YOU DO TO GET UNSTUCK?
– Get help from a mental health professional
– Talk to someone that was also affected by the same trauma or a different trauma
– Think about what you have to gain from recovery
– Honor the person
Dr. Harry McCleary is a licensed clinical psychologist and Navy Veteran. His Youtube channel to dedicated to educating Veterans, service-members and their families about mental health and education providers about military culture.
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