When you suffer a personal injury accident you may suffer a loss in one way or another. Losses may include physical injuries and property damage to persons involved in the accident. These losses can heal or be replaced over time. However, these are not the only forms of losses that a person can suffer. There are instances where the accident incident affects how a person feels, thinks and moves physically for months or years. This article focuses on PTSD and will discuss this common form of mental illnesses linked to personal injury cases.
The National Institutes of Health recorded +40 million people have been affected by mental disorder since 2012 in the U.S. Further, these individuals are often the survivors of road accidents, medical malpractice events and other disastrous accidents leading to severe trauma. Such victims are subject to various mental disorders. However, three such mental illnesses have been discovered as common among those affected in this way. These three mental illnesses are:
- Depression or full depressive states
- Anxiety in a variety of forms and
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
PTSD often develops when a person has suffered a traumatic event that may or may not include physical harm. It is characterized by flashbacks, dreams or memories that intrude on a person upon waking reality. Some sufferers describe it as being in a dream while awake. Often persons suffering from PTSD avoid others, places or activities that remind them of what happened. Common negative emotions that accompany PTSD sufferers include apathy and hopelessness.
Are you suffering from one or more forms of mental disorders caused by an act of negligence? It is important to find legal advice and representation from a personal injury lawyer. Such a lawyer will help you seek compensation that will help you pay for the necessary medical treatment you need.