An Oxford study was published in the January 2014 issue of the Psychiatry Journal of the American Medical Association. It concludes that victims who sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), such as after a serious car accident or slip and fall, and survived after six months, are at significantly higher risk of death. TBI victims show a higher rate of suicide, substance abuse, assaults and other subsequent injuries. The scientists involved believe that their study should serve as a wake-up call to clinicians and other researchers to look into revising clinical guidelines to address the high rates of ancillary-mental conditions and substance abuse that tends to follow TBIs.
After a catastrophic accident, or any significantly-distressful event, some personal-injury clients will suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD). Currently, PTSD is mostly treated through therapy with the goal of more deeply understanding the anxiety so that one may eventually overcome and sever the tie between anxiety and the traumatic event. Psychotherapy doesn’t always work. Some scientists theorize that this is because the event that led to the PTSD becomes too strong of a memory in the sufferer’s mind – almost like it is written in indelible ink.
But what if the memory could be overwritten?