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What is post-traumatic stress disorder and how is it treated?

Traumatic events in life can lead to a variety of problems. One of the problems that can occur is post-traumatic stress disorder. This disorder is one that can affect anyone who was involved in an accident, even if they weren't injured in the accident. PTSD is a disorder that encompasses a variety of symptoms, and a multi-faceted treatment plan is usually required.

What are some symptoms associated with PTSD?

Flashbacks are one possible symptom. This occurs if you continue to relive the traumatic moment. Nightmares and frightening thoughts can occur. You may feel like you are on edge and might be easily startled. You may feel depressed, guilty or lose interest in things that you once enjoyed. In some cases, you might even try to avoid places or things that remind you of the traumatic event. In children, symptoms can include regression, which means forgetting or refusing to do things they know how to do like talking. Bedwetting, clinging to a parent and acting out the traumatic event might also occur.

What are the treatments for PTSD?

Getting a diagnosis for PTSD takes at least a month because the symptoms must remain present for a month. Once the diagnosis is made, PTSD is treated by a combination of methods. Medications and psychotherapy are two of the most common methods that are used. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, which includes cognitive restructuring, exposure therapy and stress inoculation training, is also used.

Getting a proper diagnosis of PTSD and getting the necessary treatment can be expensive. For victims of truck accidents, seeking compensation for the accident might help to reduce the monetary strain all of this places on the victim and victim's family.

Source: National Institute of Mental Health, "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)," accessed May. 26, 2015

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