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PTSD - expanded definition may help you.


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9/16/2014
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If you've been badly injured in a pedestrian accident you might very well be suffering from serious psychological problems.

Why wouldn't you be.

You waited for the pedestrian signal to come up. And you were about 2/3 of the way across the street when out of the corner of your eye you saw the SUV speeding towards you.

It was like time stood still.

You tried to get out of the way.

But there wasn't enough time.

And the next thing you knew you were lying on your back writhing in pain.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a life-disrupting anxiety disorder that's triggered by experiencing a traumatic event.

A traumatic event that causes intense fear, helplessness or horror.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a condition that needs to be diagnosed in accordance with criteria/definitions established by the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

The 5th edition of the DSM ( released in 2013) provides an expanded definition of PTSD.

And as such it's anticipated that more people who're suffering from psychological problems following a car accident will meet the definition.

Does this mean that if you meet the expanded definition of PTSD you'll feel better?

No.

But the expanded criteria/definitions may mean that your chances of being fairly compensated for suffering are greater.

Jeff Witten

McComb Witten Personal Injury Lawyers

 



Category: Pedestrian Accidents


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