General OverviewTrauma 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.More
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Psychological EffectsFor complete healing, it is important to understand the psychological side of trauma.
Physical EffectsAnthrax 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.
- Acute silicosis
- Bone fracture
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Electrical burns and injuries
- Heart attack
Healing the BodyTo manage some of the physical after-effects of trauma, you may need the following:
American Counseling Association
National Institute of Mental Health
Mental Health America
National Mental Health Association