PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is an anxiety disorder victims of traumatic events like car accidents, wartime combat or natural disasters may experience.
Signs and symptoms
Typically occurring when the afflicted individual is re-experiencing the road traffic accident, combat situation or other traumatic event; trying to avoid memories of or thinking about the car crash or other event, or experiencing high level anxiety related to such an event.
Symptoms and signs of PTSD include:
- Recurring nightmares
- Showing physical responses, such as sweating or increased heart rate, when recalling traumatic events
- Difficulties falling and/or staying asleep
- Outbursts of anger
- Paranoia, feeling like danger lurks behind every corner; being continually ‘on guard`
- Loss of interest in once cherished, important positive activities
- Difficulties in experiencing love, happiness and other positive emotions
Occasionally, in particular when in combination with traumatic brain injuries, PTSD sufferers may start taking unnecessary risks, start drinking excessively or start taking drugs.
Like anxiety or depression, PTSD can be treated. Which treatment is right for any given individual depends to a great deal on the individual, but common treatments include, but are not limited to, medication, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or a combination of both.
Talking to members of the family or close friends, joining a support group, finding a peer mentor or meditating can all help to battle the symptoms of PTSD.
Consequences of PTSD
Often unable to work as a result of their injuries and the effects of PTSD, sufferers often find that dealing with their condition places an incredible financial burden on them and their families. If their condition was caused by a motoring accident for which someone else was responsible, a physical or sexual attack or a combat situation, for instance, this financial burden may be eased a little by claiming for compensation.
If you suffer with PTSD following a car crash or other traumatic event out of your control, visit Accident Advice Helpline’s official website and fill in the compensation calculator to determine if you are eligible to claim for personal injury compensation. Alternatively, you can speak to a sympathetic advisor via our confidential Freephone helpline.
The next step
Once your claim eligibility has been confirmed, you can enlist the help of a member of our legal team. Backed by our law firm’s years of experience in handling claims for compensation, this solicitor will work with you throughout the claim process on a no win no fee* basis.
Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information regarding the claims process, with no pressure to pursue your claim following this free initial chat.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice