Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – Lawyers
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The first thing to be clear about this disease is that it is real, not imaginary, and people suffer after living in their own flesh or witnessing very traumatic events such as car or air accidents, wars, physical abuse, rapes and hurricanes, among others. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) generates a lot of anxiety and fear in people who suffer from it just after the danger that that state caused them.
PTSD affects critically the lives of people and those around them, generating feelings of loneliness and guilt, flashbacks (repetition of the event), insomnia, nightmares, explosions of anger, sadness or worry. After a tragic event, most people are usually very affected psychologically, but with the passage of time and appropriate therapies, they can regain their normal lives without this affecting them again.
However, when symptoms return and interfere alarmingly in the person’s daily life, then it is a PTSD and the person must be treated professionally to achieve full recovery. Sometimes PTSD begins to be experienced by the person right after the traumatic event. Other times, it is developed months or years later with new symptoms or episodes much more serious than the initial ones.
The treatment of PTSD includes psychological therapies and medications and can last between 6 and 12 weeks, but sometimes it could be longer. After a traumatic event it is convenient to receive psychological help to avoid the appearance of these symptoms; but when they appear, it’s necessary to obtain an effective medical treatment to reduce them until the person progressively reaches total improvement.
With the onset of symptoms, people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder are very affected to perform their work tasks and other activities of daily life. Such symptoms can vary from one person to another and be grouped into four types:
1. Intrusive memories
They manifest through recurrent and involuntary memories of the traumatic event, which generate anguish. These memories sometimes become a retrospective of the fact and the person relives them as if they were happening again.
Other times they manifest in the form of nightmares or disturbing dreams and cause anguish, because the person cannot fall asleep or react with fear to things that remind him of the traumatic event.
Faced with the stress and anguish generated by the thoughts on the fact, the person avoids by all means to think or talk about the subject. They also avoid visiting the places where it happened, doing activities or meeting people who remind them of the fact that triggered the trauma.
3. Changes in moods and thinking
The symptoms of these negative changes in the way of thinking and in the state of mind are manifested through thoughts or rejection towards oneself and towards other people. Feelings of despair about the future, memory problems and mental gaps about the traumatic event itself.
The person has difficulties to relate and maintain affective relationships, feels distant from family and friends, shows disinterest in activities that were previously to his liking (dancing, to sing, playing sports, watching TV, etc.). She has difficulty expressing or feeling positive emotions.
4. Changes in emotional and physical reactions
These “symptoms of excitement” as they are also known, can be: inability to show amazement or fear easily, permanent alertness to danger and depressive and self-destructive behavior (abuse of alcohol or drugs, speeding while driving).
People also suffer from sleep disorders and have difficulty concentrating. They constantly suffer from outbursts of anger, irritability and aggressive behavior and often have feelings of guilt or shame.
What do I do if I have symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Those who experience symptoms similar to those described above after a traumatic event for more than four weeks and have difficulty reasonably resuming their normal life should go to a doctor’s office as soon as possible to receive professional medical help.
The symptoms of PTSD can worsen and seriously deteriorate the physical and mental health of the patient, as well as seriously endangering the person’s own life since this mental illness can even generate suicidal thoughts.
Seeking compensation for PTSD after an accident
After a traumatic experience such as an accident or other violent act, the person should seek medical help but also legal representation, if the PTSD was caused by the negligence of another party. Recovering psychological and financial damages is key for the person to pay medical expenses and cover the loss of wages and other income during the recovery process.
If you or a family member is suffering from PTSD, they need to have legal help that increases the likelihood of success in the case and allows them to collect compensation benefits or obtain fair compensation. A reasonable arrangement can only be obtained through a personal injury lawyer with experience and capacity in these types of cases.
Lluis Law’s personal injury attorneys are more than 40 years helping people who have suffered from PTSD recover damage in the Los Angeles area. Call for a free consultation at our telephone number (213) 320-0777.
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