Being in an accident means that you will likely feel some mental and emotional changes after the accident. Those changes are normal; however, if they don’t abate as time goes on, you might be suffering from a serious mental health issue known as post-traumatic stress disorder.
What can cause PTSD?
Car crashes, combat situations, abuse, assault, kidnapping and the sudden death of a loved one can all lead to PTSD. Even if you weren’t injured in the traumatic event, you might still suffer from PTSD. Considering that the sudden death of a loved one can lead to PTSD, you can see how PTSD doesn’t necessarily mean that you suffered physical injuries in the accident.
What is PTSD?
PTSD is an extreme reaction to a traumatic event that lasts longer than a normal person’s response to the same event. The effects of PTSD can come and go, get worse over time or suddenly appear.
What are some symptoms of PTSD?
You might suffer flashbacks that include physical reactions. Your heart might pound, you might start to sweat, you might feel sick to your stomach or you might suffer from muscle tension. You might also feel like you have to avoid anything that would remind you of the event. Sleep abnormalities, feeling jumpy, feeling numb, having nightmares and losing interest in life are other symptoms of PTSD.
How is it treated?
PTSD should be diagnosed and treated as early as possible. Treatment plans for people with PTSD vary based on each person’s needs, but can include medication, cognitive-behavioral therapy and family therapy.
The process of diagnosing and treating PTSD can take a considerable amount of time. People who suffer from PTSD and their family members might feel a financial strain because of the cost associated with the treatment. Seeking compensation might provide some relief from the financial burden that treatment places on the victim.
Source: HelpGuide.org, “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),” accessed May. 26, 2015