Trauma has both a medical and psychological component. Medically, trauma refers to a serious or critical bodily injury, wound, or shock. Psychologically, trauma refers to an experience that is emotionally painful, distressful, or shocking, which often results in lasting mental and physical effects.
After experiencing a tragic event, it can be hard to understand and cope with the range of emotions that you may be feeling. Learn about the common responses to disaster and strategies to help yourself heal.
Some youngsters are more vulnerable to trauma than others, for reasons scientists don't fully understand. Loss of trust in adults and fear of the event occurring again are responses seen in many children and adolescents who have been exposed to traumatic events. Other reactions vary according to age. Read more here.
Any loss of a loved one is tragic and painful. But when death occurs from a sudden, unexpected cause such as an accident, natural disaster, suicide, or murder, the reactions of the survivors in coping with their grief can be intense. Read more here.
In cultures around the world, spirituality has historically played a large and very important role in healing. In today’s science-based, technological world, these practices now fall into the category of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). But how large a role does prayer still play in today’s world?
Anthrax is a life-threatening bacterial infection. The disease usually occurs in hoofed animals, like cattle and goats. Although it is rare, people can contract anthrax from exposure to infected animals or anthrax spores. Learn more here.