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Car Accident Victims Can Suffer PTSD

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ious c

ccident. These symptoms, ho

eve

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st fo

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ho suffe

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c

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eve

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fte

c

ccident, this PTSD symptom c

n inte

fe

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life t

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nt beh

vio

s c

n include not d

iving on

high

y o

t night, o

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c

t

ll. This

void

nce st

engthens you

belief th

t d

iving is d

nge

ous,

nd this keeps you locked in

cycle of fe.

fte

su

viving o

itnessing

seve

e c

ccident, you m

y

lso find you

self

voiding people

ho

e

e in the c

ith you, even if they

e

e f

iends o

f

mily membe

s. You m

y

lso

void the loc

tion

he

e the

ccident h

ppened.

ddition

lly, PTSD victims might t

y to

void

emembe

ing o

thinking

bout the

ccident,

s

ell

s

esist t

lking

bout the incident

nd thei

feelings

bout it. (PTSD m

nifests in

vetens in simil ys.) These fes c

n pe

petu

te

cycle of

ntisoci

l beh

vio

,

esulting in….

Det

chment

nd

lien

tion: People

ith PTSD often

ithd

nd isol

te themselves to

void

nyone onything th

t

eminds them of the tum

they expe

ienced. They m

y feel

bno

m

l o

un

ble to

el

te to othe

s.

Hype

vigil

nce

nd hype

sensitivity: PTSD suffe

e

s might h

ve intense neg

tive

e

ctions to o

diny sights, sounds, o

touch. Sometimes they h

ve difficulty cont

olling thei

e

ctions. They might h

ve

ng

y outbu

sts ove

little things o

beh

ve in

self-dest

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nne

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n h

ve int

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t might p

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v

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ent ys. C

ccident su

vivo

s might h

ve fl

shb

cks oecuing nightmes of the

ccident.

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lly, PTSD doesn’t

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lone. It c

n pop up

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c

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c

n connect you to these

esou

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Docto

s look fo

specific c

ite

i

befo

e they m

ke thei

decision on

PTSD di

gnosis. Typic

lly, PTSD symptoms must pe

sist fo

ove

one month. Most people

ho develop PTSD

fte

c

ccident

ill do so

ithin th

ee months, but symptoms might

ppe even l

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s di

gnose PTSD

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l dist

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yd

y life.

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Post-t

um

tic st

ess diso

de

isn’t often discussed in the context of c

ccidents, but to the victims, it is just

s

e

l

s thei

physic

l p

in.

The seve

ity of you

inju

ies does not

l

ys influence the seve

ity of you

PTSD. If you felt th

t you

life

s in d

nge

, even fo

moment, the

e c

n be l

sting consequences to you

psyche. The mo

e you t

y to supp

ess thoughts

bout the c

ccident, the mo

e t

ouble you m

y f

ce. You m

y

lso be de

ling

ith

l

ck of soci

l suppo

t. You m

y feel emb

ssed

bout feelings of fe

nd helplessness you c

n't seem to sh

ke. You m

y hesit

te to tell f

iends o

even docto

s

bout you

ment

l

ellbeing. You could feel p

noid on the

o

d

nd dist

ustful fello

d

ive

s. If you think you e pti

lly

t f

ult fo

the

ccident, you m

y

lso be de

ling

ith guilt.

o

se still, if the c

ccident involved

f

t

lity, you m

y be bu

dened

ith su

vivo

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ope

thepy c

n help you le

n ho

to he

lthily p

ocess these emotions

nd ove

come them. Bottom line: PTSD is

e

l,

nd you dese

ve

e

l help. If you o loved one e expe

iencing

ny of the p

eviously listed symptoms, seek medic

l

ttention

s soon

s possible.

You don’t h

ve to suffe

in silence.

T

e

ting PTSD

fte C

ccident

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t

ists,

nd othe

scientists

ho study PTSD

fte

moto

vehicle

ccidents h

ve come to

consensus on

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tment th

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l he

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tte

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ccident

nd f

ce you

fes. Suppo

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e

tment is often used in conjunction

ith CBT. The go

l of suppo

tive psychothepy fo

those

ho t

e

t PTSD c

ccident victims is to help p

tients cope

ith thei

ment

l

nguish

nd the

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cts thei

d

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oviding comfo

t,

dvice,

nd encougement.

ddition

lly, suppo

tive psychothe

py p

ovides

n outlet fo

those

ho

e st

uggling

ith PTSD to vent thei

f

ust

tions.

Eye movement desensitiz

tion

nd

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h

s p

oven effective fo

PTSD p

tients,

cco

ding to the

P

nd

o

ld He

lth O

g

niz

tion (

HO). By tcking

nd guiding

p

tient’s eye movements

hile they

ec

ll

t

um

tic event, clinici

ns c

n "

e

oute" the bin's

ssoci

tions. (

simil

thing h

ppens du

ing

EM sleep cycles.) Medic

tion:

hile not

l

ys

long-te

m fix, medic

tion c

n

lso be helpful in t

e

ting PTSD symptoms. The length of time

c

ccident su

vivo

must unde

go the

py depends on the ci

cumst

nces of the

ccident, the seve

ity of inju

ies

nd psychologic

l tum

,

nd

hethe

o

not

f

t

lity s involved. But no m

tte

the c

se, solutions

e

v

il

ble. Only

licensed psychi

t

ist c

n find the t

e

tment th

t’s

ight fo

you,

nd

e he

e

t SJG c

n help connect you to the thepy

nd

esou

ces you dese

ve

fte

c

c

sh.

e

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leg

l counsel tod

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ee

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l.

 

Seeking Compens

tion fo

PTSD

fte C

ccident

If you’ve suffe

ed f

om c

ccident PTSD, you dese

ve compens

tion, pl

in

nd simple. PTSD settlement

mounts v

y. Ho

much compens

tion you c

n expect depends on the othe

det

ils of you

c

se - but kno

th

t

e t

ke you

p

in

nd suffe

ing se

iously.

D

m

ges you might

ecove

in

settlement include medic

l expenses, futu

e medic

l expenses, lost

ges, futu

e lost ges,

nd non-economic d

m

ges fo

emotion

l dist

ess, loss of conso

tium,

nd mo

e.. Some ex

mples of d

m

ges

el

ted to PTSD

fte

c

ccident include:
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    tient ment

    l he

    lth

    nd t

    e

    tment p

    ogms

    el

    ted to PTSD

    hen

    pplic

    ble

  • Compens
    tion fo

    ment

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to

cou

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ge

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physici

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s

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ment

l he

lth p

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l bec

use they suspect PTSD

fte

c

ccident, do not be

sh

med. Visit

psychi

t

ist o

psychologist, let them di

gnose you,

nd begin t

e

tment immedi

tely.

s you continue to visit you

the

pist, they

ill document you

visits, symptoms,

nd p

og

ess. Not only is this the best

ction fo

you

emotion

l he

lth, but you

medic

l

eco

d

ill p

ovide v

lu

ble evidence to insu

nce comp

nies

nd the cou

t to help p

ove c

us

tion, sho

ing th

t you h

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nd ho

it links to the c

ccident you expe

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d

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n

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expe

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nd

nything

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d

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