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Cognitive-behavioral therapy after a truck accident

Accident-related post-traumatic stress disorder is something that we discussed last week. Getting treatment for PTSD usually involves a variety of treatment options. One of those options is cognitive-behavioral therapy. This type of therapy won't change the fact that you were in an accident, but it can help you to cope with the feelings that creep up because of the accident-related PTSD.

CBT is a bit different from other forms of psychotherapy because it focuses on improving the present and future instead of working through past events. The goal of CBT is to remove negative emotions that might be triggering PTSD. The basic basis of CBT is that how humans think of situations affects how they emotionally react to those situations. Altering behaviors and beliefs can help to take the negative emotions away from triggering situations.

As part of the CBT process, the therapist helps the patient to learn how to cope with situations that might come up, such as memories of the horrible accident. In some cases, this might mean creating a plan ahead of time so that the patient has something to fall back on if they find themselves in a troubling situation. When the CBT sessions are completed, the patient should have the skills necessary to cope with trigger situations, which will help to control PTSD.

Getting the proper treatment for all medical issues caused by the accident is vital. This includes mental health issues like PTSD. Visits to the doctor and other medical professionals can put a strain on your bank account. It might be possible to reduce that strain by seeking compensation for the accident.

Source: Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed June. 01, 2015

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