How to Deal With the Psychological Challenges of Burn Injuries

Burn accidents are among the most dreadful incidents that leave behind severe agony and suffering. These ailments not only inflict physical distress but also affects the victim’s emotional and psychological health. A physical trauma like these come with a series of painful procedures and treatments while disturbing the patient’s mental condition.While the physical suffering is tangible by the extent of the burn, the psychological distress is immeasurable. In some cases, the psychological trauma may not be visible in the initial stages but can kick in later due to some emotional triggers.

Symptoms of psychological distress

Psychological effects due to an accident often recognised as PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), can differ from patient to patient and the incident that caused the injury. It can also depend on the age, background and other life experiences, hence identifying the symptoms of traumatic stress can be difficult.

  1. Behavior
    The victim has become quiet and isolated. They avoid interacting with people, have become short-tempered and confused.
  2. Disturbed routine
    The sleeping and eating patterns are messed up. They have lost interest in their activities of interest and avoid being involved in activities that relate to the incident.
  3. Psychosomatic illnesses like headaches, respiratory and digestive problems and cardiovascular issues become quite frequent.

Triggers for distress

After suffering from a serious burn injury, a survivor can be severely disturbed by the events, thoughts, and injuries of the accident. These can easily lead to anxiety, depression and trigger fight-or-flight reflexes. These are some usual trigger for psychological trauma distress.

  1. The healing process and burn treatments can be extremely painful and subject the survivor with immense agony. In some situations, the injuries leave scares and even detachment of affected parts, leaving a constant reminder of the disastrous moments.
  2. Physical discomfort and challenges faced because the injuries can be frustrating, and hence as a trigger for a stress attack.
  3. Inability to get back to the usual routine and pain from the injuries can lead to aggression or emotional instability and in-turn trigger the stress symptoms.

These triggers and their aftermath can vary with patients, their accidents and their stress coping mechanisms. Therefore, it is essential to focus on psychiatric therapy along with physical treatment, to help with faster recovery and to mitigate the risks of severe trauma.

Boosting Psychological Health

Burn accidents can sometimes leave a serious impact on a survivor’s thoughts and can significantly alter their behaviour and emotional health. Therefore, it is essential to seek professional help of a therapist to help the survivors cope with the trauma and emotional challenges. There are various stages of emotional recovery – cognitive behaviour therapy, stress management, and communication therapies – catering to various aspects of experiences.

  1. Helping the patient connect with their family and friends.
  2. Accepting the scars and incidents as they happened. This is an important part of the physical recovery process. If the patient fails to accept it, it can trigger distress attacks and also slow down the recovery process.
  3. Restoring normal eating, sleeping and routine habits.
  4. Help them cope with pain and emotional setbacks due to challenged faced because of the injuries.

If you or your acquaintances are suffering from burn injuries due to someone else’s mistakes or negligence, you can seek legal aid for compensation and justice. We, at Walker Morgan LLC, are a team of highly experienced attorneys who represent victims of burn injuries and get them compensation for their damages. If you need a legal consult, schedule a consultation with the Walker Morgan LLC attorneys.

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