Maryann Tierney presented on “the effects of PTSD on Grief and Other Traumatic Events: Cancer Diagnosis” at the Association of Oncology Social Work Conference. In it, she stressed that a traumatic experience can affect one emotionally, psychologically, and cognitively.

“The emotional memory of fear and the cognitive memory of the experience become a learned emotional response, and it is this response which motivates one to react in a way to ensure survival”—and often to cause emotional distress.

Whether from the battlefield or cancer trauma, these issues are increasingly a part of the client experiences that clinical social workers must address.

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