A mainstream topic in the news right now involves discussions concerning combat veterans and football players who are suffering from a mental disorder known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying event – either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the events.
Many people think PTSD is a mental condition suffered only by military personnel who have experienced traumatic events in war. However, to the contrary, numerous types of events can trigger PTSD. For example, recently PTSD has become the leading discussion in sports where there have been numerous findings of football players experiencing symptoms of PTSD, which were caused by concussions due to football collisions. Also, PTSD in the field of personal injury has become a trending topic. In particular, injuries suffered due to a motor vehicle collision or plant explosion has led victims to suffer from PTSD. For many individuals, the symptoms of PTSD following a serious motor vehicle accident may include psychologically re-experiencing the trauma.
Most people who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping, but with time and good self-care, they usually get better. If the symptoms get worse, last for months or even years, and interfere with your day-to-day functioning, you may have PTSD. Getting effective treatment after PTSD symptoms develop can be critical to reduce symptoms and improve function.
A study by the American Psychological Association shows that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of PTSD in the United States. PTSD symptoms can vary in intensity over time. You may have more PTSD symptoms when you are stressed in general, or when you come across reminders of what you went through. For example, a victim in a car accident may develop a fear of riding in vehicles. This fear can lead to panic attacks or even fainting.
Cases involving PTSD requires an experienced attorney. Let our attorneys at Spurgeon Law Firm help you. Our team will work diligently to seek maximum compensation for your injuries. If you have experienced PTSD due to an accident, contact Spurgeon Law Firm today at 318-224-2222 for a free consultation.
American Psychological Association