PTSD/DISABILITY

POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a normal set of reactions to abnormal traumatic events.

Commonly experienced symptoms after exposure to a traumatic event can be immediate or have a delayed onset and may include high anxiety, fearfulness, hypervigilance, anger, detachment, disassociation, and many other complex intense emotions and behaviors. PTSD can interfere with thinking processes, relationships, and overall stability profoundly affecting a person’s ability to function. These symptoms are the direct result of exposure to trauma inducing circumstances not a moral failing or a characterlogical flaw.

Fortunately, the devastating psychological impact of trauma can be treated successfully. Intervention should begin as soon as possible after the onset of symptoms.

Increasingly Courts and juries are recognizing the impact of trauma on the psyche and compensating victims in civil suits. As a result mental health treatment is often covered by insurance settlements or in jury awards.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON PTSD

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