What is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder—PTSD—is a psychological condition that can take place after a person goes through a high level of stress from a traumatic event. People deal with the stress of a traumatic event differently from one another. While some may be able to recover quickly, others could be tormented by a high level of anxiety. This amount of stress and anxiety can cause PTSD. This disorder is a recognized mental illness that can reduce quality of life.
PTSD can result from any severe accident or traumatic event. This includes events like vehicle accidents, sexual abuse, physical abuse, boating accidents, workplace accidents, childhood neglect and more.
The Symptoms of PTSD & A Victim’s Quality of Life
An individual’s nervous system and tolerance for stress differs from case to case, but there are common symptoms of PTSD. The most common side effect is the victim reliving the traumatic event through flashbacks and nightmares. This can cause feeling of distress, extreme anxiety, and physical manifestations like nausea, sweating, and heart palpitations. Accident victims suffering from PTSD may also avoid reminders of the trauma to avoid triggering more stress or a flashback. The overall stress and anxiety from the accident can also cause insomnia or hyperactivity. These factors, among individualized symptoms, can make it difficult for an accident victim to maintain employment.