Q: What should I do if I think I have PTSD from a truck accident I was injured in?
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is frequently associated with individuals who serve in the military, however, it is also completely possible for a truck accident victim to suffer from PTSD as well. Truck accident PTSD victims will often replay the event over and over in their heads, leading to disabling anxiety, stress, fear, guilt and other overwhelming feelings. PTSD can begin to affect a person's relationships and daily life, proving that truck accident injuries can extend far beyond the actual wreck and surface in ways that are more than just physical.
If you suspect you are suffering from PTSD after your truck accident, it is important that you seek help from a medical professional right away. People may be telling you to see a therapist, and while that is true, not all therapists are created equal. You want to find someone who practices cognitive behavioral therapy with a focus on traumatic events. These types of therapists understand what you are going through and can help you work through the trauma you have endured. Don't be afraid to see a few different doctors before choosing one; you need someone you feel comfortable with and someone who is good at what they do.
Other types of treatment may come into play, like participating in family therapy as well. It can be helpful to realize that you are not alone and that your family is there to support you. Therapy helps your family understand what you're going through so that they are able to help you more.
Do you know someone who may be suffering from PTSD after being injured in a truck wreck? Please share this article with them so they understand the options they have for treatment.