n Mental Health Matters - Trauma in your treatment rooms

Volume 1, Issue 1
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There is no question that South Africa is a country that is marred by crime and violence. The most recent statistics suggest an average of 45 murders per day and that 20% of people are at risk of experiencing an aggravated robbery, indicating that there is a high likelihood that many of our patients will have been exposed to a traumatic event. However, we need to remember that it is not simply violent crime that we need to look out for when thinking about trauma presentations. Patients may have experienced a sudden bereavement or a car accident and very often they will be coming to see us for a presenting problem that is seemingly unrelated to any traumatic incident.

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