PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, can develop following all kinds of traumatic events, including, for instance:
- Plane, train or car accidents
- Terrorist attacks, natural disasters or war
- Assault, kidnapping or rape
- Childhood neglect, physical or sexual abuse
The sudden, unexpected death of someone close may also cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Flashbacks, upsetting memories and nightmares
- Avoiding of places, people, thoughts or activities serving as reminders of the traumatic incident
- Feelings of detachment from others, emotional numbness
- Loss of interest in life in general or certain activities
- Difficulty sleeping and concentrating
- Outbursts of anger and irritability
- Hypervigilance, anxiety and fear
- Guilt, self-blame, or shame
- Substance abuse
- Feelings of betrayal and mistrust
- Hopelessness and depression
- Suicidal feelings and thoughts
- Physical pains and aches
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder often leaves sufferers feeling vulnerable, powerless and hopeless.
Coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
If you suffer with PTSD, there are, however, several things you can do to cope with your condition, take back control over your life, alleviate PTSD symptoms and reduce fear and anxiety. These things include:
- Getting regular exercise of 30 minutes or longer each day
- Pursuing outdoor activities
- Mindful breathing, meditation, vocal toning
- Talking to friends, family or professional therapists on a regular basis
- Yoga, massages and other relaxation techniques
- Avoiding drugs and alcohol
- Eating healthily and getting sufficient sleep
Bedtime rituals, such as watching something funny, reading something light or listening to calming music, for example, and making your bedroom as dark, soothing and quiet as possible will help to combat sleeping problems. You can find more detailed information on coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at helpguide.org.
Affected by PTSD?
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the traumatic event that caused your PTSD, you could be entitled to personal injury compensation.
If you developed PTSD after a serious car crash for which someone else was responsible, for instance, you may qualify for passenger or driver injury compensation.
When and how to claim
You can claim compensation for PTSD within three years of your condition being diagnosed. Any physical injuries must be claimed for within three years of the car accident or other event leading to your injuries.
Get your claim started by calling us, Accident Advice Helpline, today on 0333 500 0993 from a landline or 0800 689 0500 from a mobile.
Date Published: April 6, 2016
Author: Accident Advice