What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is an anxiety disorder caused by a very stressful, frightening or distressing event. These events can be anything from being attacked, abused, being involved in a road traffic accident, serious injury or experiencing a traumatic event whilst serving in the armed forces.
What are the symptoms?
Someone who is suffering PTSD will experience symptoms such as:
- Flash backs
- Isolating behaviours
- Finds concentration difficult
- Not acting like their usual self
What are the causes?
The main causes of PTSD are events in life that have been stressful or life changing, such as a natural disaster, terrorist attack, family bereavement or serious injury. A few examples may be:
- Serious road accidents
- Serious/traumatic injury
- Military combat
- Being held hostage
- Terrorist attacks
- Natural disasters
- Road traffic accident
- Accident at work
PTSD can affect one in three people who have suffered a severe trauma in the past. It is not fully understood why some people suffer it and some don’t, but it is said that if you have suffered from depression or anxiety in the past you’re more susceptible to suffering from PTSD.
How long does it take to recover ?
Recovery from PTSD can vary from person to person, as treatment such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can be effective in most cases but not in others depending on the stressful event that happened. There are also other treatments available such as Psychotherapy, which is a combination of medication and CBT.
Another treatment that can be used, but is relatively new in terms of practice, is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). This treatment involves making side to side eye movements, usually by following the movement of your therapist’s finger, while recalling a traumatic event.
Recovery also depends on the treatment you’re recommended and whether you finish the course of therapy advised to you, but you can be rest assured that we will do everything possible to make sure that you receive the best treatment possible.
What impact does this have on your life?
Suffering a mental illness, such as PTSD, can affect a lot of aspects of your life, including your family and friends. Post traumatic stress can make people become housebound due to anxiety, which can make doing everyday tasks difficult. According to war veterans, PTSD can be stressful for family members, especially children. It can also cause arguments between family members because of frustration or them not knowing how to cope, which in turn can cause guilt. We understand that talking to friends and loved ones can be difficult when suffering from PTSD, so we will strive to help you get the best treatment possible to help you overcome your anxiety and help you recover.
How can we help your rehabilitation?
At Sincere Law we take pride in the fact that we help our clients in all aspects of their claim, such as referring them to a specialist for treatment, as well as getting them the compensation and justice they deserve. We appreciate that PTSD can affect all areas of your life. We also believe that nobody deserves to be left out of pocket due to an accident or incident that they experienced, when it wasn’t their fault. That’s why we will explore every avenue and go to every length to help our clients get as close to a full recovery as possible.
How to make a claim
At Sincere Law we have over 20 years of experience when it comes to helping victims of serious injury get the justice they deserve. If you believe that you, or one of your loved ones, has suffered from PTSD, following an accident or incident that was caused by somebody else’s negligence, then we would like to help you.
You can speak to one of our serious injury specialists today by calling us on 0800 092 2896 or filling out the contact form on the right hand side of the page.
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