Identifying whether you have PTSD or just a normal reaction to trauma
Dealing with any kind of trauma can take a while and will often make you feel strange or depressed for a little while. You may find that you are behaving a little differently than usual or that you are having trouble moving past the incident that you have been through straight away. All of this is normal, and any doctor would expect someone dealing with a traumatic event to have trouble getting back to normal right away. It is only when you are suffering very badly after a trauma and are unable to get back to normal that you may be diagnosed with PTSD and have to start receiving treatment for this. Here are some ways to tell what you are suffering from.
A normal response to trauma
In the case of any accident or traumatic incident, you can expect to have some feelings about it for a little while after. These feelings will be negative and you may even have an emotional reaction, but as your memory of the incident fades, so too should your emotions and other feelings. If you continue to feel angry and upset about an incident long after you can remember clearly what exactly happened, then this is not a normal response to your trauma.
PTSD after trauma
If you are suffering from PTSD then your feelings about an event, and your memory of the event, become disconnected. You may not be remembering clearly what happened in your accident or incident, but you are still having very serious reactions to it, and feeling the emotions as though they happened very recently. You may also start to obsess over and think about the event in a way that is not normal or natural as time moves on.
When PTSD can make for good accident claims in Poole
If you have been diagnosed with PTSD as the result of an accident or incident which was not your fault, this should give you a fairly strong case for accident claims in Poole. It usually helps your accident claims in Poole if you have sustained an injury alongside an emotional illness such as PTSD, but in some cases with severe PTSD you may be able to make a claim anyway.
The easiest way to make accident claims in Poole without having to get too involved and thus worsening your stress symptoms, is to call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone and speaking to the friendly, helpful team about your accident. They can help you to decide whether or not what has happened to you is good cause for accident claims in Poole and then pass you onto our experienced personal injury lawyers if it is.
Date Published: 31st May 2014
Author: David Brown