World Trauma Day, observed every year in October, emphasizes the importance of saving and protecting a life during the most critical moments and preparing and applying critical measures to deal with and avoid trauma fatalities.
World Trauma Day stresses that, according to the World Health Organization, trauma is a major cause of death and disability across the world. World Health Organization research has shown that at least fifty percent of road deaths occurring in developing countries could have been prevented with effective intervention after trauma had occurred.
The word trauma is associated with any injury caused to the body. The injury is likely to be caused due to various reasons like road accidents, fires, acts of violence, and crimes against the vulnerable population. Road traffic accidents are perhaps the leading cause of trauma across the world. A lot of people have been in situations that triggered the PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) and have found it difficult to get rid of it. Here are some guidelines on how you can deal with trauma
1) Ask for Support: It can be relieving to talk about your traumatic experience with your loved ones. This will help them in understanding the situation you are in and may extend a helping hand in your routine activities. By doing this, you are likely to feel a little better and less burdened.
2) Talk it out: With each passing of the day, allow yourself to think about the experience talk it out with who you feel comfortable with. Do not hesitate to talk it out with the fear of crying when you talk. Remember, it's natural to shed a tear or so while talking about painful experiences.
3) Regain composure: It is likely for you to feel that negative emotions are a sign of weakness, and you are unable to handle things or situations in the right way. Remember, everything takes time. So be patient with your emotions, feelings, and reactions to situations in life. You may not feel yourself after any mild or severe traumatic experience, and that is normal. Thus, the sooner you accept the reality the better it is.
4) Seek medical assistance/Counselling if need be: In the case where dealing with a crisis becomes challenging and you continue having nightmares, negative feelings and are unable to move with life even after several weeks after a traumatic experience, then you may require professional support to help deal with the situation. You should consult your psychiatrist and seek help to overcome the crisis.
While traumatic experiences can put you through some tough situations, it is imperative to talk it out with someone and overcome it with time. Additionally, if you are still facing difficulties in overcoming traumatic experience, then seek medical assistance immediately.