Car accidents are often associated with brain injuries, broken bones, and paralysis, but the emotional trauma of a serious collision can be just as arduous as the physical wounds. Motor vehicle wrecks are a leading cause of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the United States; in fact, according to the American Family Physician, nearly 9 percent of people involved in car wrecks develop symptoms of PTSD.
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Although treatments for PTSD have come a long way, they can cost a veritable fortune – especially if the symptms persist for several weeks or months. If your accident was caused by a negligent driver, though, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical care by filing a personal injury claim.
Proving that you have PTSD and need treatment will require extensive evidence. This is where an injury attorney can help.
A Baton Rouge car accident lawyer from Laborde Earles Law Firm can help you gather evidence to prove your damages. In addition to medical treatment, you may be entitled to compensation for lost income and non-economic damages.
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Common Symptoms and Effective Treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Each case of PTSD is unique, and the symptoms can vary greatly from one patient to the next. The effects of PTSD can be both psychological and physical.
It is common for people with PTSD to relive the traumatic event through flashbacks and nightmares. Some patients try to avoid experiences and people that remind them of the traumatic event. Depression and anxiety are also common symptoms of PTSD.
As Mayo Clinic explains, treatment for PTSD often involves a combination of psychotherapy and medication.
Treating PTSD with Psychotherapy
- Exposure therapy can help people with PTSD overcome irrational fears by allowing them to confront the cause of their PTSD in a controlled setting; and
- Cognitive behavioral therapy is intended to help patients change unreasonable or negative ways of thinking after experiencing a traumatic event.
Treating PTSD with Medication
- Anti-anxiety medications can reduce the stress that often comes with PTSD; however, these are not ideal for long-term use because there is a high potential for addiction;
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, such as sertraline (Zoloft) and paroxetine (Paxil), are antidepressants that can reduce anxiety and depression; and
- Patients with nightmares may benefit from taking Prazosin (Minipress), though it has not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
If you or someone you love has post-traumatic stress disorder after a collision with a negligent driver, turn to Laborde Earles Law Firm to discuss your case. We have helped our clients recover more than $200 million in cash settlements and verdicts. Call 800-522-6733 today to schedule a free initial consultation with a car accident lawyer in Baton Rouge.