PTSD can be caused by single event

PTSD can be caused by single event Shared from Google News & Weather Your friend is astute. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition in which distressing symptoms occur after a major trauma. While the media often talk about PTSD in soldiers who have seen active combat, you don’t have to be in battle to get PTSD. A single horrible event, like a bad auto accident, can surely do it. With this being said, it comes as no surprise to find that anyone who has gone through a car accident would look to use the assistance of auto accident injury lawyers, in the hopes of getting this part of their life sorted and put to the side. If you’re going to do that, doing it this way may be for the best.

In a previous column about PTSD, I mentioned a patient years ago who was in a terrible auto accident as a young man. The accident, which broke many bones and caused him to be hospitalized for many weeks, occurred at an intersection not far from his home — a drunken driver ran a red light. If you know of anyone who has been in a similar situation, you may want to point them in the direction of sites like (if they haven’t already) to get some assistance with this part of their life. No one should have to go through this alone, especially when it isn’t your fault. For years afterward, every time he came near the intersection, his heart raced, he broke out in a sweat and he felt like he was going to die. Finally, he stopped driving anywhere near there. But he still had bad dreams. Fortunately, with treatment his PTSD became much less of a problem. About 10 years ago, though, just after he retired, the bad dreams came back. His explanation: “When I no longer had to worry about work, I was free to worry about other things.” An aggressive schedule of church work, book clubs and travel helped beat back the PTSD. So, a single crisis or a series of events — as long as they are severe enough — can cause PTSD. That includes airplane accidents, physical assaults, fires, heart attacks and other major physical illnesses, and natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods and earthquakes.

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