Survivors of physically disfiguring trauma experience a series of assaults on the mind as well as on the body that present extraordinary challenges to human resilience. The 'trauma' for the survivor is complex. The injurious event itself is traumatic; additional traumas can also occur from painful and frightening medical treatments. The physical changes in the survivor's body are permanent reminder of the fear, horror, sadness and pain experiences. The reaction (real and imagined) of others to their disfigured bodies present survivors with the additional and ongoing trauma of feeling rejected, isolated, unworthy and humiliated.
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- Psychiatry and Mental health