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Motor Vehicle Accident Victims Can Suffer PTSD, too

Did you know that you don’t have to be a veteran of combat in order to suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PSTD)?

While PTSD is often associated with veterans returning home from combat, any significant traumatic event including a motor vehicle accident can cause the victim to suffer from PTSD.

Although research, particularly by the military, has resulted in significant strides in understanding PTSD, it is still a relatively new diagnosis and often overlooked by medical professionals when treating accident victims.

If you or a loved one are in an accident, it is important to be aware of the symptoms of PTSD and to bring the symptoms to the attention of your treating physicians. Some of the symptoms include reliving the traumatic event through flashbacks, nightmares, emotional withdrawa,l or detachment from important life activities. Anxiety, depression or cognitive difficulties may also occur. If your spouse or loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, alert their treating physicians as they may not be aware of the change in behavior.

For more information about PTSD, check out the following helpful websites:

WebMd.com
HelpGuide.org 
MentalHealthAmerica.net