As the name suggests, post-traumatic stress disorder can occur when someone has gone through a traumatic event of some kind. In some cases you may have been a witness to such an event, but the symptoms can be the same.
Sometimes a person who has gone through a stressful experience might develop PTSD very soon afterwards. In other cases it may not become apparent until much later on, sometimes years afterwards. It all depends on what happened, the individual concerned and a number of other factors.
The symptoms can vary from person to person but typically speaking they can involve nightmares. They can also lead to flashbacks while you are awake. Irritability and a lack of concentration are other typical symptoms that can be experienced. There are treatments that can help reduce and conquer such symptoms. For example some people might go on antidepressants while others will have therapy to help deal with and reduce the symptoms they are feeling.
As you can imagine these symptoms can be very upsetting, no matter when they occur. It doesn’t matter if you have been through something difficult just a few weeks ago or whether it occurred years ago. In either case it will be difficult to get on with your life because the symptoms can be hard to cope with.
Can your life be altered through suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder?
The short answer is a resounding yes. Sometimes people can be affected by this disorder and not realise it until they are properly diagnosed. Needless to say this can be difficult as your life can be affected through suffering symptoms of this condition. You may suffer from nightmares or flashbacks to the event that has triggered the condition in the first place. The sooner you have a proper diagnosis the sooner the healing can begin and you can begin to put the event behind you.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline if you think you have been misdiagnosed
A failure to diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder can be troublesome to say the least. If you think your GP has missed this condition in your situation, call Accident Advice Helpline now on our free 24/7 enquiry line – 0800 689 0500 – to find out more information. We may be able to support you in bringing a no win, no fee* claim against those involved. With 14 years’ experience on our side, our professional injury compensation lawyers could make it easier to support you through such a case.
Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown