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PTSD After a Car or Truck Accident


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PTSD After a Car or Truck Accident

It is not uncommon to find that survivors of a vehicle accident suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.  PTSD is a “mental disorder that occurs after a traumatic event outside the range of normal human experience. Symptoms include reliving the event, reduced involvement with others, and manifestations of autonomic arousal such as hyper alertness and exaggerated startle response”. What follows are a number of facts concerning PTSD and vehicle collisions that will likely be enlightening to the reader.

 

* In any given year, approximately 1% of the U.S. population will be injured in motor vehicle accidents. Thus, MVAs account for over 3 million injuries annually and are one of the most common traumas individuals experience.

 

* In one large study, accidents were shown to be the traumatic event most frequently experienced by males (25%) and the second most frequent traumatic event experienced by females (13%) in the United States.

 

*Studies of the general population have found that approximately 9% of MVA survivors develop PTSD. Moreover, it should come as no surprise to learn that the amount of physical injury, potential life-threat, and loss of significant others have been predictive of the development of mental health problems such as PTSD. That is, as the amount of physical injury and fear of dying increase, the chance of developing PTSD also increases. Often victims do not seek help for PTSD because they are addressing physical problems that may have occurred in the initial accident.

 

There are a number of treatments available to alleviate the symptoms of PTSD including behavioral and/or cognitive therapy and medications. If you have been the victim of a motor vehicle accident you may want to speak to a psychologist or your doctor about PTSD. For more information click on the link below.

 

http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/pages/traumatic-stress-vehicle-accidents.asp

 

Greg Baumgartner is an Austin truck accident lawyer and the founder of the Baumgartner law firm, which is dedicated to helping personal injury victims seek civil justice. If you would like to speak with an Austin truck accident attorney call the Baumgartner firm.

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