June 16, 2022
You may have heard of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, often referred to as PTSD, but many people are not aware of the full effects of the condition.
June 27 is PTSD awareness day.
PTSD is a condition which some people develop after experiencing a traumatic event. Each person’s experiences are unique to them and while you may experience a similar type of trauma to someone else, you may be affected in different ways. While the majority of people exposed to traumatic events experience some short-term distress, around 20% of people go on to developed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is therefore quite common, and something that we come across regularly in personal injury claims.
Symptoms of PTSD may include nightmares and flashbacks, anxiety, disturbed sleep, being easily upset, angered, irritable or aggressive and distress when reminded of the trauma. You may try to avoid anything that reminds you of the trauma, feel emotionally numb and cut-off, feel like nowhere is safe and that no one understands.
These symptoms of PTSD can have a significant effect on a person’s day to day life, affecting their ability to work and their relationships with friends and loved ones.
Unfortunately, having to pursue a personal injury claim having suffered PTSD can be very hard, as it acts as a reminder of the trauma. However, with understanding and support, we can also help to get the right treatment, and get you on the road to recovery.
Without help, some people do not know that they have the condition, or do not want to admit that they are struggling to cope. Some don’t believe that they can be helped, or they have a fear of discussing their trauma. PTSD is a real and serious condition, it is not a sign of weak character, and it is not a case of ‘just getting over it’.
Traumatic events such as car accidents, serious injuries, assault, or abuse, can be very difficult for a person to deal with, and confronting and understanding the condition, and seeking professional treatment is often the only way to improve.
In many cases PTSD can be successfully treated; the main treatments available are Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprogramming (EMDR) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). These treatments help to process and work through the trauma and provide tools and mechanisms to help to manage and control the symptoms. For some people treatment can be completely successful, and for others it makes symptoms less intense and more manageable.
Even some of our most stoical clients, who were reluctant to engage in psychological therapy, have seen great benefits from these treatments, and have been able to move on with their lives.
For help and advice with managing PTSD following a personal injury, please contact our team today.
About the Author
Helen is a Chartered Legal Executive within our Serious Injury Team.
Helen, who joined the business in 2000, was admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 2006. She has extensive experience of dealing with personal injury claims having worked within the claimant personal injury field for over fifteen years. Helen is a specialist in complex and serious injuries including head, brain, and spinal cord injuries. Helen works closely with clients at each stage of the claim to provide the support and advice they need every step of the way.