Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after an accident; how do I know?

First, let’s begin by defining what exactly is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. This disorder, also known as PTSD, is a serious potentially debilitating mental health illness that can occur in people who have experienced traumatic, life-threatening events, such as serious motor vehicle accidents. Many people who have been involved in a serious car accident will admit to having PTSD symptoms, such as flashbacks and nightmares. Over time, clinicians have developed a Diagnostic Criteria Table in order to better diagnose PTSD in potential victims. The criteria’s are listed under six different categories: trauma, re-experiencing symptoms, persistent avoidance and numbing, hyperarousal, duration of disturbance and clinically significant distress or impairment. In order to be diagnosed, an individual must meet a certain number of aspects per criteria. An individual must discuss this with a health care professional in order to be properly diagnosed.

Diagnosed and looking for ways to cope?

Lots of PTSD victims go through what is called cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and Exposure therapy. These types of counselling allow the individual to talk about his or her experience, in this case motor vehicle accident, in order to reduce avoidance. Over time, the individual is able to cope with their past experience, allowing them to get back behind the wheel.

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