Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder can occasionally develop after someone has experienced a stressful or traumatic event, such as an accident or been the victim of an assault.
The majority of injured people will experience some short-term distress and anxiety which settles down. In some people (thought to be around 20% of those who suffer a trauma) the reaction can ‘stick’. If this is the case, PTSD may be present.
Sometimes people experience PTSD symptoms but do not even know that they are suffering from the condition, often living with severe symptoms for years. Many battle on, despite their life being badly affected.
We can help you if you are suffering from PTSD.
If you are experiencing at least one of the following symptoms following your accident / assault you may be suffering from PTSD:
- Upsetting re-occurring memories of the accident / assault
- Repeating upsetting dreams
- Flashbacks where you feel as though the accident / assault is happening again
- Strong mental reactions to certain things connected to the accident / assault
- Strong bodily reactions (for example, increased heart rate) when you are reminded of the accident / assault
- You find it difficult to control your emotions and suffer symptoms of anxiety
- Your anxiety can be physical (shortness of breath, tight muscles, sweating or a racing heart) or emotional (feeling on edge, looking out for signs of danger all the time or feeling panicked)
- Feeling emotionally numb and having trouble communicating with others about the way you feel
- Feeling much more anxious and irritable
PTSD can seriously affect your life.
No two cases are the same, and no two people are the same. You and a friend may both be involved in the same road traffic accident and afterwards only one of you may develop PTSD. Everyone reacts differently.
We can help you claim damages if you are suffering from PTSD.
We can explore treatments that could help you recover from PTSD, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and EMDR.
Ten years ago, it was thought that PTSD was incurable but research has now proved that it is possible for PTSD to be successfully treated.
If you have had an accident or been assaulted in the last three years, it is not too late to ask for help. A traumatic event can be very difficult to come to terms with, but facing and understanding your feelings and getting the right professional help is a sign of strength and often the only way of effectively treating PTSD.
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. It is a unique therapy that helps people recover from problems triggered by traumatic events in their lives. It can stop difficult memories by helping the brain reprocess them properly.
Click here to see a video about EMDR Therapy from the EMDR International Association
We can help you claim the money you need from the other side to get the treatment you need. You are not alone. Let us help you.
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