Breaking Down Barriers: Recognizing, Addressing and Handling PTSD

In the medical world, there is always cause and effect. While physical symptoms are often easier to spot, the mental impact of experiencing a traumatic event or life-changing accident isn’t always so obvious. Sometimes it can take time to reveal itself and can have deep, lasting effects on mental health, with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, being a common outcome of such experiences or periods of intense stress.

Alongside depression and anxiety, PTSD is highly common in people who have gone through difficult times. It’s beyond crucial to recognise the signs and know how to handle PTSD to promote recovery and well-being after such incidents. This includes the signs of the condition, means of treatment and what to do when it’s been caused by negligence.

Spotting the Signs of PTSD

Often, PTSD is deeply rooted in flashbacks and nightmares of the event or experience in question. This can take the form of repeated, distressing memories or nightmares related to the traumatic event. Often sufferers will actively avoid reminders or discussions about the traumatic incident, which can be as subtle as scents, sounds or brief references. PTSD leads to constant feelings of alertness, difficulty sleeping, and being easily startled in many cases. These symptoms drastically change a person’s life and ability to move forward. Ultimately, it can push a person to shift towards negative thoughts, feelings of guilt, or detachment from others – which is when their quality of life can take a turn for the worst.

Seeking Professional Help

If you or someone you know is exhibiting signs of PTSD, seek help from a mental health professional as a matter of urgency. Don’t expect the symptoms to ‘clear up’ or ‘go away’, as this is a serious condition that demands a professional treatment plan. A diagnosis and treatment plan can be established through consultations with psychologists, psychiatrists, or therapists. In the UK for example, the NHS provides mental health services, and you can reach out to your GP or contact local mental health services for guidance on attaining these treatments. However, many opt for more private routes to quicker, or higher quality care.

Handling PTSD After an Accident

While treatment is ongoing, recognising potential triggers either in yourself or a loved one who is suffering – especially those that exacerbate PTSD symptoms – is key. This awareness is crucial for creating a supportive environment and avoiding situations that may intensify distress until the sufferer has dealt with their condition directly. You can start by encouraging, or embracing, open communication with friends and family. Having a supportive network can aid in the recovery process, offering understanding and empathy where needed.

It is unfortunately common for life-changing accidents to occur in high-risk locations or practices where others should be responsible for your safety to some extent. Be it the road, business premises or otherwise – people being negligent can easily lead to PTSD-triggering events. If the incident was a result of negligence, consider speaking to a legal professional, either on behalf of someone or to support you directly. Pursuing PTSD compensation claims may be an option to cover treatment costs and ensure your well-being. As they’re complex legal procedures, a legal professional can assess the circumstances surrounding the incident. This includes guiding you through the legal process and helping to ensure you receive fair compensation to cover the costs of necessary treatments for PTSD, including much-needed therapy and medication.

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Editor Lisa Baker is passionate about the benefits of a holistic approach to healing. Lisa is a qualified Vibrational Therapist and has qualifications in Auricular Therapy, Massage, Kinesiology, Crystal Healing, Seichem and is a Reiki Master.