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How do I help a loved one with a recent amputation?

My brother is 23 and just had an above the knee amputation due to an accident. I am just trying to learn all I can about the process of healing phyicaly and emotionally. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

They feel apprehensive about being pitied.
Help as much as necessary with the goal of rehabilitating into extended activities of daily living.
Adapting to a changed self-image takes time, for instance if he is not married, then whoever is going to marry him is going to be a very special type of human being.
Learning to cope psychologically without a leg where he previously had a leg may take more than five years, because there are many small issues to address before these small solutions, one at a time, day by day, year by year, are going to make him strong enough to function as a complete human being again. The grieving process doesn't necessarily follow E. Kubler-Ross's sequence and all the steps are not necessarily there, because E. Kubler-Ross got some of her information at seances from demons. Accidents leading to limb amputation can be traumatic enough to lead to Post-traumatic stress disorder, or more commonly a traumatic crisis reaction.
If he is a Christian then he should learn to thank God for everything, because everything works together for good to those who love God, to those who are the chosen according to God's purpose (Eph. 5:20, Rom. 8:28).  (+ info)

Is it possible to suffer a traumatic event and not even remember that you even experienced a traumatic event?

My friend's therapist thinks she suffered something traumatic as a child, possibly involving her father (whom she has 'hated' since her parents divorce).

She honestly doesn't remember anything traumatic at all of any type. Is it still possible that something happened? If so, how can she make herself remember?
What if she wants to remember, but doesn't know how--especially if she doesn't know what to look for?

Yes, but the therapist shouldn't try to recall said possible event because it's highly likely he or she will create a "false memory," you should research that phenomenon.  (+ info)

How can I force myself to remember a traumatic experience?

14 years ago I suffered a traumatic event, but currently I have no memory of what happened. The weird thing is that I know what happened, and I have been able to make connections between current behaviors and problems to that particular event, but I can't specifically remember the event itself. Is there anyway to force myself to remember it?
I'm hoping to avoid the hypnosis route. Are there any other ways?

No there is no way to force yourself to remember a traumatic event. Your mind is similiar to a camera. It has recorded what happened, but it is only going to release those events as your mind and your self can deal with what happened. So what I am saying is that it comes out in bits and pieces over time. Also, you might want to talk to a therapist about MPD or Dissociative amnesia, Dissociative Identity Disorder.

Even if you did do hypnosis there is no guarantee that you would remember then either.  (+ info)

What's the difference between bipolar and post traumatic stress disorder?

If you read my questions I post, you can tell that it's post traumatic stress disorder. Don't tell me you diagosis, but what the difference is, please.
I go through mad abuse.

Bipolar disorder is a bio-chemically caused mental disorder that often results in episodes of mania and dpression in varied degrees of length and intensity...altho it hasn't been proven it tends to run in families therefore there may be a genetic connection...

Post-traumatic stress disorder is the result of an event or situation that the sufferer has experienced, lived thru...etc.
It is not genetic in nature....it is in response to an emotionally traumatic experience.....

racing thoughts.....insomnia....reduced inhibitions....rapid speech...thoughts that everthing is interconnected such as seeing obscure 'patterns' when patterns to things and situations are not there...promiscuity.....outrageous spending sprees.....these are some of the symptoms of mania....it can progress into halucinations and paranoia if not treated......  (+ info)

How does post traumatic stress disorder effect war veterans?

i have to write a paper on post traumatic stress disorder, and how it impacts iraq and vietnam veterans. so i really nee some help looking for articles, and some ideas,okay so please help me out guys

well first off, everyone can get post traumatic stress from anything, its all mental, and i have it to be honest. Its not something you can control and its not something that is left unnoticed. You often catch yourself going through random flashbacks of a stressful situation. like I've noticed that when Im playing a video game, doesnt matter which game, but i was playing it and all of a sudden i was thinking about the stressful time that caused the post traumatic stress. and its like you re-live it temporarily, but some time had gone by because i had died on my game and my little sister had come in and asked me what i was doing. it causes bad dreams and makes you want to not sleep. depending on how bad it is. it just overall isnt something that is tolerable for very long  (+ info)

What is it called when someone goes through a traumatic experiance, but then replaces the memories?

What is it called when the persons brain replaces the memories of something traumatic, and that person has no recollection of the real event, but a very detailed recollection of the 'fake' event that their own mind created.

This is common in cases of psychological trauma. If the memory is so horrific that the individual cannot process it, the brain's first defence mechanism is to completely blank it out. However, when subsequent events bring on a panic response for no reason apparent to the conscious memory, the person's brain will try to rationalise the later event. This is part of the avoidance mechanism of PTSD, so often it is referred to as avoidance & rationalisation.
The terms used by various different professionals will vary enormously. The reason is that we do not have sufficient understanding of how the brain works to be any more specific. Add to that the fact that we rely massively on subjective evidence, i.e. the individual's perception of what they experienced rather than an actual record, so it is nearly impossible to be objective or consistent in the use of language to describe a process.  (+ info)

How can I talk about traumatic events without crying?

Tomorrow I want to ask my school councilor if I can repeat grade 11, because of a lot of traumatic events that happened that severely screwed my marks up. I passed everything besides English, but since my life is better than it was when I started this school year, I want to repeat the year. I KNOW I will cry my eyes out talking about what happened, I'm tearing up right now just thinking about it. How can I NOT cry in front of my councilor when talking about these things? Thanks.

Just be yourself and if you do cry your counselor will understand exactly how much the past year has affected you. Just be yourself and let things happen as they will, don't worry about trying to stop just tell her how it is.  (+ info)

What kind of behavior to expect from Single Mother Suffering from Post traumatic stress syndrome/depression?

I am curious about the effects post traumatic stress syndrome and depression would have on raising kids/regular life/etc.? I know people like this and want to understand it better -- like how PTSS and depression would make everyday life harder? What are your stories/experiences?

I have post tramatic stress disorder and depression with a now two year old, shortly after I had her it got a bit worse they increased my edication for a while and got back to my normal dosages, as long as one take s care of ones self you are helathy for everyone  (+ info)

What are the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

What are the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder and how do they differ from the symptoms of just stress?

What can be done to help someone heal over PTSD?

Some basic symptoms: effort to avoid thoughts or feelings associated with trauma.
efforts to avoid activities arouse recollection of trauma
inability to recall an important aspect of event
markedly diminished interest in significant activities
feelings of detachment from others
restricted range of affects
increased startle reflex
increased dreams of like events
intense psychological distress at exposure to events that symbolize or resemble an aspect of event.

There are several good sites to look up Mental health issues. One being NAMI.org and then looking up diagnosis. Or Mental Health America.net
And as far as counseling you need to look for someone with experience with PTSD. and yes many people live good productive lives. Feel Free to email me if you'd like to chat. God Bless Reggie  (+ info)

What is it called when a streak of hair turns white after a traumatic event?

After an extremely traumatic event some people may have a white streak in their hair as they have loss the ability to hold the pigment. You can see it in the little boy in Sixth Sense for example. But what is that called when it happens?

As with most medical myths, there is an element of truth to the notion that stress can lead to graying hair. For the most part, however, it is untrue. Because a hair shaft cannot change color once it has grown in (unless exposed to chemicals that change its color, a regular event at hair salons), hair cannot suddenly turn gray with or without stress.

However, alopecia areata and telogen effluvium can lead to pigmented hair loss, and stress has long been considered a trigger of these conditions (though not confirmed by recent research). As a result, an emotionally stressful event rarely can trigger loss of darker hair, leaving behind gray and white hair that is suddenly more noticeable. However, this is the exception, not the rule, and even this does not happen literally overnight. Much more often, stress (or lack of stress) has little known effect on one's hair — unless, of course, you're so on edge you pull it out.  (+ info)

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