PTSD Symptoms Common After Traumatic Personal Injuries (Part One)

April 16, 2010

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Modesto residents who have been through traumatic experiences such as car crashes, fires, explosions and animal attacks understand all too well the psychological ramifications of these experiences. Particularly for violent car accidents, the memories can stay with drivers and passengers for days, weeks, even years after the event. New research in the area suggests that the symptoms of psychological trauma might actually be Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.

A new book entitled "After The Crash: Assessment and Treatment of Motor Vehicle Accident Survivors" chronicles the aftermath of vehicle collisions and the emotional effects on their victims. In the book, authors and psychologists Edward B. Blanchard, Ph.D. and Edward J. Hickling, Psy.D. studied survivors of accidents in which serious bodily injury or death occurred. The research shows that between 10 and 45 percent of those injured later suffered from PTSD. Further, the PTSD symptoms (depression, high anxiety, not being able to enjoy normal activities that were once enjoyable, having trouble maintaining friendships and relationships, etc.) would often interfere with their daily functioning.

Car accidents are the most common sources of trauma for American men, and the second leading source for American women. After five years of research of 158 accident survivors, the authors found that 39.2 percent developed PTSD initially after the accident or within a year of the event.

Research also suggests that most people don't take enough personal time to recuperate emotionally after an accident. If you've been injured in an auto accident, you've got enough to worry about. Let a personal injury lawyer fight the insurance companies so you can focus on healing.