When you have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it can be hard to cope with the aftermath. You may feel like your life will never be the same. One of the most common – and debilitating – conditions that can develop after a TBI is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
It is not uncommon for PTSD to develop following a TBI. In fact, according to a study published in the National Library of Medicine, people who have experienced a TBI are more likely to develop PTSD than those who have not suffered a TBI.
What is PTSD?
PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is a psychiatric disorder that can occur after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. While PTSD can develop in anyone who has experienced a traumatic event, it is more common in certain groups, such as:
- Military personnel.
- First responders.
- Those that have suffered a TBI.
How Can Someone Suffer PTSD From a TBI?
There is still much unknown about how PTSD develops following a TBI, but there are some theories. One theory suggests that the injury to the brain changes the way the chemicals work in the brain, which can lead to symptoms developing. Another theory suggests that the experience of the injury itself is so overwhelming that it leads to PTSD.
It is also possible that a combination of biological and psychological factors contribute to developing PTSD after a TBI. Whatever the cause, it is important to get treatment if you are experiencing symptoms following a TBI.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of PTSD?
There are a variety of signs and symptoms associated with PTSD. These can be divided into four main categories:
- Intrusive thoughts - may include flashbacks or nightmares related to the traumatic event.
- Avoidance - may involve avoiding people, places, or situations that remind the individual of the trauma.
- Negative changes in mood and cognition - may include feeling numb or disconnected from others, difficulty concentrating or remembering details about the event, and feelings of guilt or blame.
- Changes in physical and emotional reactions - may include increased arousal, such as trouble sleeping or hypervigilance.
Are There Any Treatments for PTSD?
While there is no cure for PTSD, there are treatments that can help people manage their symptoms and live full, productive lives. The most effective treatments for PTSD are a combination of medication and therapy. Medication can help to relieve some of the symptoms of PTSD, such as anxiety and depression. Therapy can provide people with the skills they need to cope with their symptoms and reduce their stress levels.
However, it is important to note that not all people respond to treatment in the same way. Some people may require a longer course of treatment than others. It is also important to keep in mind that PTSD is a chronic condition, which means that symptoms may flare up at times of stress or trauma. As a result, treatment for PTSD is often an ongoing process.
What Legal Recourse is Available?
In many cases, PTSD develops due to a TBI and TBIs due to someone else’s negligence. For example, a driver who is speeding or texting behind the wheel may cause a serious car accident that results in a TBI. Similarly, a property owner who fails to fix a dangerous condition on their premises may be liable if a visitor sustains a TBI as a result. If you have suffered a TBI due to the negligence of another, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Have You Suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury?
The catastrophic injury attorneys at Daniel, Holoman & Associates LLP have extensive experience handling cases involving traumatic brain injuries. We understand the unique challenges that TBI victims and their families face, and we are dedicated to fighting for the compensation they deserve.
If you have experienced a catastrophic injury, call us today at (866) 380-2281 or fill out our form online for a free consultation.