Psychological Illness Caused by Trauma
A traumatic event can cause physical scars, but it can also cause psychological ones. Personality disorders are a very real side effect of certain accidents, leaving many with an emotional condition that is difficult to cope with. For example, a traumatic brain injury can result in serious behavioral problems and drastic changes to a person's personality. This goes beyond the extent of post-traumatic stress disorder, but can also include it. Emotional instability, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and other anxiety disorders can all result from traumatic events in a person's life.
A key cause of many psychological disorders in the United States is trauma. So much so, that this has even warranted its own classification of mental illness, called trauma model of mental disorders. Many of these personality disorders can even be caused as early on in a person's life as childbirth. A traumatic childbirth can leave an individual with trauma they must deal with for the rest of their life.
Depression, Mania, Bipolar Disorder & More
Depression is a clinical disorder that negatively impacts a person's thoughts, behaviors, and can even harm their physical wellbeing. Those who are depressed or are struggling with depression may find that they no longer enjoy the activities they once enjoyed. There are certain medications available to those who struggle with depression. Depression is itself not a personality disorder, but a side effect of a personality disorder or borderline personality disorder. Depression can actually be a side effect of physical pain as well. Chronic pain or severe acute pain can leave a person struggling with low mood.
Mania is a broad disease that can be further classified into conditions such as hypomania or dysphoric mania. Overall, it is a clinical condition in which a person's normal mood is significantly changed to an irritable mood or one that is quickly aggravated. Mania is commonly connected with bipolar disorder, which is also called "manic depressive disorder." People suffering from this condition will experience dramatic shifts in mood, almost making it appear as if the individual has two completely different personas.
There are three major causes to anxiety disorders:
- Genetic - when an individual is born with a chromosome that makes them prone to bipolar and other disorders.
- Physiological - when an individual has abnormalities in brain function and structure.
- Traumatic - other environmental causes that can include everything from geographic location to a traumatic event such as a car accident. Personality disorders that are caused by traumatic events may be treatable, but this could require extensive rehabilitation and medication costs.
Compensation for Noneconomic Damages
The term "noneconomic damages" refers to intangible harms inflicted upon a person. Pain, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life caused by someone else's negligence can all be reasons for which a victim can be compensated. There are, however, caps on how much compensation can be awarded for noneconomic damages.
A personality disorder may be able to be considered a physical disorder, which could warrant greater compensation than noneconomic damages would. In order to find out specifics regarding your case, it would be best to speak with an attorney. A personality disorder can significantly alter the course of a life. Don't let a negligent party get away with their actions.
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