A PTSD diagnosis must be made by your physician and requires the presence
of specific behaviors or symptoms, including:
re-experiencing the traumatic event, including nightmares, flashbacks and
avoiding situations which remind you of the original trauma, reluctance
to talk or think about the original trauma, or feeling emotionally "numb"
about the event; and,
increased irritability, anger, difficulty concentrating, and/or insomnia.
These symptoms must last at least 1 month and must be severe enough to
cause a noticeable change in your behavior. PTSD can occur in any person
at any age, but PTSD is more likely to occur if you use drugs or alcohol,
if you are female, or if you are of Hispanic origin. Typically, PTSD is
treated with therapy or medications, including anti-depressants and anti-anxiety
Recognizing the symptoms of PTSD early offers the best chance of effective
treatment. Doctors can improve patient outcomes by knowing which patients
are at risk of developing PTSD and initiating prevention strategies. Unfortunately,
many doctors may not recognize the signs of PTSD and remain unaware of
prevention and treatment strategies. As a result, your recovery may be
delayed and your chances of a full recovery may be diminished.
If you have been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, talk to
your doctor about the emotional symptoms you may be feeling, which could
be early signs of PTSD.
If you, or someone you know, have been injured in a motor vehicle or other
accident, I encourage you to
call my office to discuss your case or to schedule a
consultation to discuss your rights.