Post traumatic stress disorder

There are many definitions for PTSD but the basic analogy one can apply to the disorder is a severe and ongoing emotional reaction to an extreme psychological trauma. This Manners Pimblett article looks at the often difficult world of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, its effects and the actual amounts of compensation that have been awarded for the condition.

What is PTSD?

PTSD or Post-traumatic Stress disorder has been given many names over the years including: stress syndrome, battle fatigue, railway spine, traumatic war neurosis, post-traumatic stress syndrome or shell shock. PTSD is the internationally recognised condition based on the following symptoms:

  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Avoidance of Stimuli associated with the trauma
  • Increased arousal
  • Anger
  • Hyper vigilance

Self Defence

Again your beautiful brain is compensating for a particularly traumatic episode in your life. Seeing some of the things you may have, has led to your brain wanting to protect you. PTSD is not just about war, it is about you and your delicate person being affected by some set of circumstances that you should not have seen. In this technically complex age, we are open to so much, the internet is a portal for learning and viewing such traumatic subject matter, could we be educated to avoid PTSD through excessive stimulus? Many query arcade/console games for doing exactly that, taking the innocent aspects of our human beings and exposing them to traumatic episodes in the games. The assumed end process is a generation of individuals witnessing "normalised" violence. Education of a generation or removal of innocence?

What causes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Human beings are wonderfully different individuals; it is the individual in you as a human that gauges your tolerance to an emotionally disturbing event. Before acceptance of being a condition, the human response to deal with post traumatic stress disorder is to get on with it. The old adage of the British Stiff upper lip never had greater expose than after a traumatic episode. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is an ongoing response to the following:

  • Someone's death
  • A threat to your life or someone else's
  • Serious Physical Injury
  • Unwanted Sexual Act
  • Threat to Physical or Psychological integrity

Is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder just severe depression?

No. Scientific research has clearly identified the biochemical changes in PTSD patients differ than those in severe depressives. Most people (50-90%) encounter trauma over a lifetime, only small percentage 8% will develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The scientist have made assumptions that the minority of suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder may do so because of the way in which their brains are wired or the way they were brought up during childhood.

Claiming for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress disorder is treatable and exactly how it is treated depends on you and the experiences you have encountered. Remission rates from PTSD are quite high. Compensation for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder vary from £2,500 to £64,250, variances are based on the permanence of the condition. Call our team on 0845 077 0772 or use our online claim systems to make your claim.

Compensation for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder factors for treatment and loss of earnings.

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