It’s easy to associate post-traumatic stress disorder with years of abuse or military action. However, PTSD can accompany any traumatic event.
Approximately 9 percent of car wreck survivors endure the symptoms of PTSD, according to the National Center for PTSD. The condition has far-reaching effects on their relationships, careers and quality of life.
Treating PTSD can be expensive. Seeing a psychotherapist, buying pricy medications – the costs can add up quickly. If a negligent driver caused your car accident, then you may be entitled to compensation for these losses.
An Austin injury attorney from Robson Law Firm is ready to represent your interests. Our legal team will evaluate your case, gather evidence and handle settlement negotiations on your behalf. Call 512-345-8200 today to schedule a free consultation.
What Are the Symptoms of PTSD?
Each case of post-traumatic stress disorder is unique, but some symptoms are more common than others. These include:
- Unpredictable and frequent mood swings;
- Difficulty focusing;
- Difficulty sleeping;
- Recurring nightmares about the accident;
- And avoiding situations that remind the victim of the traumatic event.
Other symptoms of PTSD include:
- Unjustified anger or frustration;
- Casting blame on others for the incident;
- Acting impulsively;
- And depression.
Importance of Treating PTSD
Many accident victims treat their physical injuries but ignore the emotional trauma that accompanies such a stressful event. This is a mistake. If you do not seek treatment for PTSD, then it is more likely that the symptoms will last longer than six months.
Fortunately, PTSD is a treatable condition. One option is joining a support group. You can learn from the experiences of other people with PTSD, ask questions about treatments, and find out more about the condition.
Your doctor may also prescribe antidepressants to improve your sleep, concentration and mood. Anti-anxiety medications have also been proven effective for treating the symptoms of PTSD; however, these drugs are best for short-term use because they have a high potential for abuse and addiction.
Psychotherapy is also available for PTSD sufferers. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help you avoid irrationally negative thoughts. Exposure therapy involves confronting the situation that causes your PTSD symptoms in a safe setting, which will help you resolve irrational fears.
What If My Child Shows Symptoms of PTSD?
According to WebMD, PTSD is alarmingly common among young children. Kids account for an estimated 1.8 million new cases of PTSD every year, and more than one-third of children who endure a traumatic experience develop PTSD.
If you were in a car accident with your child, look for the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Getting treatment could reduce the severity and duration of your child’s PTSD symptoms.
If you or your child has the symptoms of PTSD after a car accident, contact the Robson Law Firm. We have been representing the injured for more than 20 years, and our attorneys have recovered more than $26 million for injured clients. Call 512-345-8200 today to schedule a free consultation with an Austin accident lawyer.