Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a mental health condition which is often associated with veterans. It can develop in anyone who undergoes a shocking or frightening event, such as a natural disaster, car accident or act of violence.
People who have PTSD experience trauma symptoms long after the initial incident. While the majority of people recover naturally from traumatic experiences, PTSD symptoms can persist for years.
If you’ve been diagnosed with PTSD, personal injury compensation may help offset your psychological and medical bills.
PTSD is characterized by repeatedly reliving a trauma. This can manifest in bad dreams, intrusive and frightening thoughts, panic attacks, severe emotional distress and more. The symptoms interfere with a person’s daily life and prevent them from normal function. For example, PTSD around a car accident might make it very difficult for someone to drive to work.
The National Institute of Mental Health’s diagnostic criteria states that a patient must experience all of the following for at least one month:
- At least one re-experiencing symptom: Flashbacks, nightmares and intrusive thoughts are all re-experiencing symptoms.
- At least one avoidance symptom: Avoidance includes staying away from anything that might remind you of the event, or avoiding thoughts and feelings about the event.
- At least two arousal and reactivity symptoms: These symptoms include difficulty sleeping, feeling tense or being easily startled.
- At least two cognition and mood symptoms: PTSD sufferers might have trouble remembering the event, lose interest in once-enjoyable activities or have distorted thoughts and feelings.
Additionally, children may wet the bed or appear to regress developmentally, socially or emotionally.
With mental health treatment, patients can recover from PTSD. A patient might undergo a two-prong approach with therapy and medication, while others may choose therapy only.
Therapy can include talk therapy, exposure therapy or cognitive restructuring therapy. Depending on the severity of symptoms, patients might attend for several months or several years before they feel they are fully recovered.
Therapy and medication can work wonders, but they also add a significant financial burden. If you’ve been diagnosed with PTSD or think you may qualify, tell the Law Offices of Tim Misny. When an accident causes you severe psychological distress, you should be compensated for the cost of recovery. Our firm is experienced in helping accident victims get the damages they deserve, so they can go on to happier, healthier lives.
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If you’ve suffered PTSD as a result of someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you deserve compensation. I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call me today at 877-944-4373 for a consultation, and we’ll discuss strategies to present your case in the best possible light.