These factors can make it very difficult to get on with life after the accident. Symptoms of PTSD can be triggered subconsciously, in an almost instinctive reaction, making it difficult to go about your normal daily activities.
PTSD can’t be diagnosed directly – diagnosis is made based on its symptoms. There’s a similar condition called Acute Stress Disorder – or ASD – that is basically like PTSD but disappears on its own after a shorter period of time.
Treatment for PTSD can involve a type of therapy called “desensitization” where you remember and describe the event. Re-processing the event in this way can help the brain release those stressful memories. Medicines like antidepressants can also help reduce and control symptoms.
When you file an injury claim you can seek compensation for anxiety, but it can be a difficult injury to prove. You must be able to not only provide evidence that you suffer from anxiety, but that the anxiety was caused by your car accident. You’ll also need to prove that your anxiety requires medical treatment.
It’s a good idea to seek medical treatment for your anxiety as soon as possible; not only will it help you feel better, but it will help your claim if you are seeking compensation for anxiety after an accident.