Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
The Injury Defined
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, also known as PTSD, is an anxiety disorder which can develop after someone is exposed to a terrifying event in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. Experiencing or witnessing serious accidents such as automobile accidents, train crashes, plane crashes and other significant events can lead to PTSD. For example, many of the victims of the Metrolink train crash in Chatsworth suffer from PTSD.
The symptoms of PTSD often include:
- Flashbacks of the event
- Persistent frightening thoughts
- Feeling detached or emotionally numb
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Difficulty concentrating
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, some people who suffer from PTSD do not show any symptoms for months after the incident.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is now a well-recognized disorder that must be taken seriously and treated appropriately. The main treatment for PTSD is psychotherapy, sometimes conducted in conjunction with medication. It is important for someone who suffers from PTSD to be treated by a mental health provider who has experience treating people with PTSD.