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What is accident-related post-traumatic stress disorder?

Being involved in a traumatic experience such as a truck accident or car accident can lead to several injuries. While many injuries are easily visible, others aren't as easy to see. Post-traumatic stress disorder is one of the injuries that isn't always easy to see.

What is post-traumatic stress disorder?

Post-traumatic stress disorder occurs when a person continues to feel overwhelming emotions regarding the accident. Most people notice that the emotions related to the accident abate or become less intense as time progresses. A person with PTSD will continue to feel those emotions despite the passage of time.

What are some symptoms of PTSD?

The symptoms vary from one person to another. The most common symptoms include nightmares, having difficulty sleeping, having trouble being in a vehicle, and ongoing memories of the accident. You might also feel angry, worried, irritable, uneasy and/or alone. All of these are signs that you should seek help so that you can learn to cope with the PTSD.

How can I cope with PTSD?

One important aspect of your care is having help from appropriate medical professionals. You can start with your primary care doctor, who can give you referrals to specialists or other doctors you should see. You can also talk to friends and family members about your emotions and the accident. You should stay active and try to get back into your normal routine.

The medical care necessary to treat PTSD can be considerable, as can the effect that PTSD has on your life. As you work toward learning to cope with the effects of an accident, you might opt to seek compensation to help you deal with the financial aspects.

Source: FamilyDoctor.org, "Post-traumatic Stress Disorder | Post-traumatic Stress After a Traffic Accident," accessed May. 24, 2015

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