There are many negative aspects of being involved in a car accident. Not only does the victim have to deal with their physical injuries, but they also often suffer emotional injuries. In the worst cases, a person might suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Only a doctor can diagnose and treat this injury, but there are methods you can consider to overcome it.
Keep reading to learn the basic options available to a person with this and other pain and suffering, and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to find out what your legal options are. We are standing by to provide a free legal consultation.
Understand What PTSD Is – and What it Is Not
If your entire understanding of PTSD comes from TV shows and movies, then it is time to learn more about this disorder. While many people think of it as something that only strikes soldiers, the truth is that anyone who survives a stressful situation can be diagnosed with PTSD. For example, one study found that more than 9% of people surveyed had experienced lifetime PTSD, and more than 76% had lived through at least one incident that could have caused the disorder.
Common Signs of PTSD
A person suffering from PTSD after an accident can experience a number of symptoms. Common examples include:
- Reliving the trauma via flashbacks or nightmares
- Reduced emotional contact with friends and family
- Avoiding anything related to the accident, such as driving or talking about the incident
- Exaggerated startle reflex
For some people, these symptoms only last for a few weeks after the accident. In that case, they are likely to be suffering from Acute Stress Disorder. Those who have symptoms that last much longer are more likely dealing with PTSD.
Children Can Suffer Different Symptoms
Interestingly, children can experience PTSD, but their symptoms are often much different than the typical symptoms an adult experiences. A child is more likely to refuse to talk or allow others to talk to them, become clingy, and/or begin bedwetting even if they are toilet trained.
Methods for Managing Anxiety
It can feel like the end of the world, but there are methods for managing anxiety that stems from ASD and PTSD. Mindful breathing, focusing on the world around you, and learning and using muscle relaxation techniques can all help. An experienced therapist can help you learn and utilize these techniques.
It is also wise to determine your legal options. When you talk to a personal injury attorney, you will be taking steps to get closure on the accident. If you have grounds for a personal injury case, you could recover the necessary funds to pay for therapy and other treatment options. Your next step is to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to request a free legal consultation.