After suffering a traumatic injury of any kind, it’s normal to feel unlike yourself. You’re dealing with all kinds of issues from the financial strain of medical bills and possibly being unable to work to physical pain. Your body may feel exhausted and on edge at the same time.
Any kind of accident that causes catastrophic injuries to your body has the potential to cause traumatic psychological wounds as well. One of the most common issues victims of a sudden, traumatic injury face is post-traumatic stress disorder. It’s a serious mental health disorder, and it’s one that requires treatment.
How do you know if you’ve developed PTSD after a traumatic injury?
It’s important to see a mental health or behavioral health professional to get a diagnosis, but you may notice a few symptoms that are signs of PTSD. These may include:
- Avoidance behaviors
- Negative mood and thinking
- Night terrors
- Intrusive thoughts
Usually, these symptoms go away over time. In people with PTSD, the symptoms persist even though there is no longer danger present. The symptoms may become more severe and more frequent, causing victims to feel out of control of their own bodies and lives.
Getting help is important for all victims of serious injuries
It’s important for all people who have been hurt to seek medical care and to have a mental health exam as well. PTSD doesn’t usually develop right away. When it does develop, good behavioral health support is essential to recovery, and it’s something you can ask for compensation for from the at-fault party.