Accident Side-Effects: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Following any type of accident, the road to recovery can be difficult and long. Many accident victims will need extensive medical treatment to recover from their injuries and will have to invest considerable money into repairing any damage to personal property that occurred during the accident.
However, accidents can also have long-term side effects, particularly psychological, that may not even begin to affect a victim until months after the accident in question. One of the most prominent examples of this is post traumatic stress disorder.
Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a serious anxiety disorder that affects people who have been the victim of some type of traumatic event. It often arises in people who have been involved in severe motor vehicle accidents or those who have been the victim of assault or battery.
Individuals suffering from post traumatic stress disorder typically are very nervous, uneasy, and have a difficult time settling down. They frequently suffer from flashbacks, or an inability to forget the traumatic events that they have experienced. Additionally, they can experience very wide mood swings, ranging from emotional detachment to outbursts of violence and anger.
Usually, post traumatic stress disorder symptoms will set in a few months after the traumatic event occurs. For an anxiety issue to be labeled as PTSD, symptoms will usually need to continue for at least a month.
Post traumatic stress disorder can be an extremely difficult to deal with and victims often require therapy in order to fully recover. If you have been in an accident and are exhibiting signs of PTSD, you need to make sure that the individuals responsible for your accident provide you with compensation so that you can get the professional treatment you need.