JACKSON, Mississippi. Car accidents and personal injuries can be devastating and traumatic experiences, not only for victims, but also for their families. While victims heal from their physical wounds, it is very easy to forget the hidden psychological wounds that car accidents and personal injuries can leave. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a serious condition that can develop after a traumatic accident or event. Individuals with PTSD might experience and re-experience their trauma. They may feel panic or anxiety. They may feel more reactive in certain situations or may avoid certain situations. Some individuals suffer from insomnia, problems sleeping, or they feel numb or disassociated. Part of why victims continue to express stress after a traumatic event is because they are unable to process their feelings, or individuals may repress very painful emotions.
Yet, new “unconventional” therapies like art therapy, sports therapy, and others have offered individuals suffering from trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder after crashes and accidents new outlets to express and heal from their pain.
According to Healthline, art therapy gives patients a chance to express their painful memories without having to put these feelings into words. By bypassing the language processing centers of the brain, victims are able to face these powerful emotions and process them. One way that patients can heal is by creating art that helps them see their internal strength or by telling their “trauma story” graphically, rather than in words. Art therapy can offer individuals a safe space to experience painful emotions.
According to the New York Times, one doctor who studies post-traumatic stress notes that part of processing painful emotions involves putting those painful emotions into a meaningful context. Art can help patients contextualize trauma.
Art therapy can also help patients forget their traumatic memories. While forgetting a traumatic experience may seem like a shocking goal to have, much of the process of healing involves forgetting an event enough so that we can create new memories. By painting or drawing, individuals can have a space where the memory is “held” externally, hopefully allowing them to stop re-living the event during their everyday life.
There are many ways patients can use art to heal. Some write, some paint, others may dance, or use sports. There is no one medium that is best. There is only what is best for you. The key is that the activity allows you to relax. Entering that relaxed state is important. Finally, patients shouldn’t feel the need to show people their work. The work can be for you or only for close friends and loved ones.
Unconventional therapies can be incredibly helpful, but they might not always be covered by health insurance. If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident or suffered a personal injury due to another person’s neglect or negligence, you may have the right to seek damages for your medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Malouf & Malouf are personal injury lawyers in Jackson, Mississippi who may be able to help you and your family seek the damages you may deserve. Visit us at https://malouflaw.com/ to learn more about your options and rights.
 

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