Ask a Social Worker: How Can I Heal From Medical Trauma?

Advice on how to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder that’s related to a medical event.

Ask a Social Worker is a monthly column featuring questions from the community and answers from members of NHF’s Social Work Working Group. If you have questions for our social workers, send them to

Dear Amy and Amanda,

I am finally starting to accept that I have experienced medical trauma. Can a social worker help me process and heal from this type of trauma? What does that process entail? 

You are not alone in how you are feeling, and it’s good that you are reaching out to better understand how to process your experiences. Read more.

Source: National Bleeding Disorders Foundation (NBDF) (formerly National Hemophilia Foundation), HemAware, September 2023.

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