Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious emotional condition
that is often triggered by flashbacks and throws the victim into severe
distress and crippling anxiety for an unknown amount of time. The triggers
of PTSD are often linked to a particularly stressful, frightening, or
violent event in the past. For example, someone who was in a train accident
and was traumatized by the event may suffer heightened PTSD symptoms whenever
a train rolls by, even if they are far away from it.
Researchers interested in the effects of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) have recently turned their attention to PTSD studies. Could it be possible
that PTSD is less of a mental and emotional disorder and more of an end
result caused by physical harm to the brain? If a positive correlation
could be identified, treating PTSD may be advanced by leaps and bounds.
Unclear Symptoms Cause Unclear Results
It is important to remember that the research into PTSD and TBI correlations
is still a young, relatively new concept. With this in mind, there has
unfortunately not been any groundbreaking finds in the studies and experiments
conducted by neurologists and the like. Whether or not PTSD is always
caused or could be caused by physical damage to the brain remains unclear,
largely due to the varying symptoms of PTSD in different patients.
What has been determined with some confidence, however, is that a TBI does
seem to worsen PTSD symptoms. Someone who has PTSD may see an increase
in triggers and flashbacks after suffering a brain injury. This could
be due to the added anxiety of living through another violent event, or
it could be due to physiological alterations of the brain. It is also
speculated that a mixture of both emotional and physical harm could strengthen
Until further research is conducted, the question remains unanswered but
on the table. If you have suffered a brain injury or experience PTSD after
an accident, expensive medical treatments or lengthy psychiatric sessions
may be necessary to recover or lessen your symptoms. Talk to Williams
DeClark Tuschman Co., L.P.A. and our Toledo brain injury attorneys today
to see if you could win compensation, as a
verdict or settlement, to help pay for your treatments. You can reach us at
419.318.0772 or with an
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