Encore The Effect of Mental Trauma on Mental Health and Chronic Pain

June 1, 2022
Hosted by Dr. Trevor Campbell, MD, CCFP

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Dr. Tanguay clearly explains how untreated mental trauma is a common confounder in the treatment of mental health conditions. What is often labeled as treatment-resistant depression or anxiety disorder, for example, may well turn out to be driven and complicated by untreated mental trauma. Aversive childhood events and mental trauma often lie at the root of mental disorders, yet these are either overlooked or more surprisingly, left untreated. Any mental illness that co-exists with untreated trauma, rarely has a favorable outcome, the trauma continuing to drive, exacerbate, and aggravate the mental condition. In this episode, you will learn more about early mental trauma and its effects, not only in chronic pain, addictions, and an array of mental disorders, but also how it increases one’s susceptibility to a range of physical diseases and increases the risk of suicide and reduced life expectancy. There are two key, age-old adages in medicine; number one, “first do no harm,” and the other is most applicable in this very situation, which is to “firstly try to remove the cause,” when possible. Learn too, about the new advances in the treatment of trauma and the role and importance of meaning, acceptance, increased functionality, and a return to purposeful work and a healthy lifestyle for recovery. He also addresses the vitally important societal issue of inter-generational trauma. Dr. Tanguay’s innovative approach at the Newly Institute is ground- breaking, as it includes the assessment and treatment of mental trauma, addictions, chronic pain, and other psychiatric conditions all at one location, providing timeous, comprehensive, and highly customized treatment plans delivered by an inter-disciplinary team, setting a whole new standard in mental health care delivery.


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Dr. Trevor Campbell, MD, CCFP

Dr. Trevor Campbell, MD, CCFP

Dr. Trevor Campbell has been a family physician for 40 years. His work has included occupational and disability medicine and chronic pain management, where his expertise is now focused on the bio-psychosocial treatments for pain, (which deals with the psychological and social issues along with the medical). Originally from South Africa where he was educated, he has been working in Canada since 1996. He is the author of The Language of Pain, a self-help book for those with chronic pain and their caregivers, as well as an online course of the same name. He is (also) an avid hiker, cyclist and reader.

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