Monday, December 16, 2013

Time of Year Matters

When injuries occur near very memorable times of year, it can be much harder on you and your family.

Having a bad car accident at Christmas time can mean that every Christmas after that will be tainted by memories of your accident. If your injuries heal up, and your losses are restored, the intensity of  these memories will lessen over time.

If you continue to suffer from serious pain symptoms, injuries and losses, you may relive the accident when the anniversary time approaches each year. Your emotions and vivid memories may be even more intense if the accident was a frightening or life-threatening one. The combination of emotional trauma at the time of the accident and long-lasting pain, injuries and disabilities is a powerful one.

This pattern doesn't just relate to religious holidays. It can occur near wedding anniversaries, birthdays and even Valentine's Day. Some of my patient's have been injured soon after they bought their new home. Now, having to pay their mortgage with money they don't have brings strong and vivid memories of their accident back to them.

The time of year, or connection between the onset of your injuries and important dates in your life, does matter. Vivid memories and powerful emotional reactions make it all the harder to cope with injuries and pain.

Yours with care - Mike

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