Mar 04, 2015 - 08:20 AM
Anytime a person underges a traumatic event, illness or emergency, they may experience a multitude of different emotional and mental changes. We see this mostly when a person's post-traumatic status has been altered in some way. For example, a patient was fine prior to a heart attack, was independent and after this trauma, now needs to be dependent on others. Overtime, as a person begins to cope with their new level of function and help, these sad feelings can lift and new coping skills appear. However, most patients should not tackle this themselves and should mention this to their doctor so can be referred to a mental health doctor. Prescription medication may be needed for a short term to help them get through this crisis.