It is easy to underestimate the sheer brutality of some devastating car crashes. From one second to the next, lives are shattered, overwhelmed by grief, pain and suffering. For some survivors, the memory of that instant and the devastation that followed is to remain present for a long time, making it very difficult to get back to a regular life, to feel normal again. They are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
How do you know if you suffer from PTSD?
It is normal to experience some psychological symptoms after a traumatic event. Most people will feel numb, frightened or disconnected, will have bad dreams and won’t be able to stop thinking about what happened. Whereas these symptoms are often short-lived, some accident survivors will be stuck with these memories and feelings, and the symptoms will get worse year after year.
What are the symptoms of PTSD?
The list is unfortunately quite long, and the symptoms arise gradually or suddenly in a different manner or pattern for every person:
- Flashbacks and intrusive memories
- Intense feelings and physical reaction to reminders of the trauma
- Avoidance of certain activities, places, thoughts or feelings
- Inability to remember certain aspects of the accident
- Loss of interest in activities, others and life in general
- Loss of ambition and optimism
- Sleeping disorder
- Irritability and anger
- Depression and mistrust
- Substance abuse
- Alienation and suicidal thoughts
Children and adolescents have even more trouble coping with a traumatic event, and some of their PTSD symptoms will take a different form, like fear of being separated from the parents, phobias and anxieties or a somber and compulsive attitude.
Those who suffer from PTSD need help immediately
PTSD, when untreated, only gets worse over the months and years. Early treatment will achieve better results, and faster.
PTSD symptoms are likely to get in the way of family life and performance at work. Irritability, violence, depression or alcohol abuse could gradually destroy family life and career. In many cases, the physical health of PTSD patients will deteriorate.
There are different types of treatment for PTSD, and much progress has been made in their efficiency in the last ten years based on the large number of war veterans needing help.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a terrible car, motorcycle or truck accident in Central or North Florida caused by someone else, it is likely that terrible injuries like PTSD can be compensated for.
The Daytona Beach attorneys of Johnson & Gilbert PA offer you the help you need after a serious car or motorcycle accident. Call our lawyers today toll free at (800) 556-8890 and locally at (386) 673-4412 or fill out the form on this page for a free consultation.