Understanding PTSD Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Caused by Catastrophic Accidents

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Personal Injury Lawyers Helping Those Suffering from PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety illness that results from an extreme physiological experience.

Some experiences that cause PTSD include the following:

  • Sexual or physical abuse
  • Seeing someone catastrophically injured
  • Being in a serious accident, such as a car crash
  • Sustaining critical injury
  • Surviving an explosion or other disastrous event

The effects of PTSD occur after the event takes places, sometimes within weeks, but occasionally months or years later. A traumatic experience resulting in PTSD actually “rewires” the way someone’s brain processes, causing the disorder to become a “part” of the patient’s thinking. This psychological disorder is characterized by four major symptoms that can alter a patient’s life drastically.

The Four Main Symptoms of PTSD

  • Reliving the Event
    Memories are strong visions that bring people back to "re-experience" an event. While memories can be joyous, those with PTSD are typically haunted by their trauma. The events that caused the brain to succumb to PTSD will occur again and again in the mind of the affected. Some patients find themselves reliving the events while they are awake, having flashbacks that can be triggered by any number of sounds, smells, or tastes. Other individuals will relive their traumatic events in their sleep, having “nightmares” that force them to witness the incident again.
  • Avoidance Behavior
    Another symptom of PTSD is the avoidance of people or places that remind the affected of their original trauma. For example, if someone suffers PTSD from a traffic accident, he or she may be unwilling to get into a car. In extreme cases, the affected may be unwilling to watch shows or movies where accidents are prone to be shown on screen. Those with PTSD may also avoid communicating or otherwise interacting with individuals who were somehow connected to the trauma. If the distressing experience occurred while out with friends, the person affected by PTSD may avoid those friends after the incident.
  • Emotional Detachment
    Victims of PTSD experience drastic changes in how they express themselves emotionally. After the trauma, those with PTSD may find activities they used to enjoy disinteresting and unfulfilling. Close friends and family members may be treated like complete strangers by a loved one who suffered a traumatic experience. In some cases, people with PTSD may be completely unable to talk about their incident to others, or may have completely forgotten major details about their affliction.
  • Hyperarousal
    Hyperarousal can be defined as being extremely on edge. PTSD patients may find themselves becoming irrationally angry for no apparent reason. On the other side of hyperarousal, PTSD sufferers may be prone to extreme fright if surprised. Seemingly abrupt changes to environments or plans can terrify someone with PTSD, causing them to breakdown with little provocation. This constant state of arousal can lead the affected to shake uncontrollably and find difficulty in concentrating on simple tasks.

Although these four symptoms represent the main changes of behavior, people with PTSD might alter their actions in other ways. Due to the extreme lows of PTSD, some of the affected turn to coping mechanisms like drugs and alcohol. This behavior, in addition to the symptoms mentioned, can make those who suffer with PTSD unemployable. Due to the relational difficulties and the emotional changes that affect PTSD patients, families and friends of the affected may sever ties from their loved one.

Contact an Injury Attorney for Your PTSD Case: (888) 493-1629

PTSD is disabling and can be brought on by any type of accident or traumatic event. Individuals who suffer from PTSD can experience relief from their symptoms, in some cases making a full recovery, but only with the proper treatment. Physicians who specialize in treating PTSD victims frequently recommend Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Certain medications, like Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) may also help PTSD victims cope with their symptoms and achieve recovery.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with PTSD, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills and emotional distress. The therapy and medication that help PTSD patients are costly, and there is no reason why you should be paying for these charges if you were a victim of negligence on behalf of another. At Arnold & Itkin, we trust in our ability to get you the financial compensation that you deserve. There is no risk in giving us a call, so take care of your health or your loved one and call today. We are here to help you get through this.

Don't wait any longer! Call our team today at (888) 493-1629 for experience and dedication.If you or a loved one has suffered from PTSD as a result of a traumatic accident, you may be entitled to compensation. The personal injury lawyers of Arnold & Itkin LLP understand the difficulty in these situations and works diligently to ensure that victims' rights are protected.

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