Treatment options for post-traumatic stress disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition that develops when a person is exposed to terrifying and very upsetting events that affect their mental health. A person can suffer from PTSD when they experience a shocking event or even just by witnessing it. If left untreated, PTSD can manifest in many detrimental ways that can take a toll on a person and can even cause them to adopt very unhealthy habits like drug or alcohol use.

Violent events, war, fires, car accidents, and many other incidents can lead to PTSD. When an incident occurs where one party’s negligence is the reason another suffered physical and mental harm such as PTSD, it may be possible to obtain compensation for any resulting damages. In Mississippi, the Jackson Car Accident Lawyer at the German law firm, PLLC can discuss with you the legal methods available to obtain the compensation you need after a traumatic event.

How is PTSD treated?

There are treatment options for PTSD promising and capable of bringing a person back to life. Most often, psychotherapy is the primary tool used to help patients manage their PTSD. In some cases, medications may also be beneficial.

Psychotherapy may consist of cognitive, exposure and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapies. Cognitive therapy can tackle unhealthy thought patterns and work to change them to be more constructive. Exposure therapy puts you directly in front of the trauma you experienced that caused your PTSD and helps you deal with it. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy uses exposure therapy with eye movement patterns that, when combined, are intended to help you better process and respond to your bad memories.

In addition to these therapies, a healthcare professional can help you manage your stress. This is necessary to improve your ability to cope with other upsetting life situations you may encounter.

Sometimes it is beneficial to talk to a therapist one-on-one. In other cases, attending group therapy is the right way to treat a patient.

Medications can also be helpful. Antidepressants can soothe and minimize depression and anxiety while promoting better sleep patterns and alertness. Anxiolytics can reduce feelings of discomfort. These drugs are usually not used long term. Additionally, some studies have shown that Prazosin may help people with PTSD manage their nightmares.

The treatment plan that one person with PTSD follows may differ from another. Your doctor will work with you to determine the best approach for your unique needs.

Speak with a Mississippi Personal Injury Lawyer Today

Dealing with PTSD after an accident can be overwhelming and the Personal Injury Lawyers in Jackson at the German law firm, PLLC understands this. If you have been injured by a reckless party or someone close to you has been injured and want to better understand how to get compensation for your trauma, Jackson Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers at German Law Firm, PLLC are here for you. Please call the German law firm, PLLC today to schedule a free consultation at (601) 487-0555.

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