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Suffering from PTSD following your Vancouver Car Accident??

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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So you were in a  serious car accident.

Your doctor says you may be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

So you have a bunch of questions concerning PTSD.


1.  What is PTSD?;

2.  What causes  PTSD ?

3.  What are the signs of PTSD?;

4.  How long will it take to recover from PTSD?;

5.  Are there any forms of treatment for PTSD?

Steve Rennie wrote a great article which was published in the Dec 5/13 edition of the Vancouver Sun which provides answers to these questions and more.

But, you may not have enough time or energy to read Steve's article. So I thought you might benefit from a summary of the answers to your questions.


1.  PTSD is an "anxiety disorder";

2.   PTSD is caused by a traumatic event in which a person experiences physical danger ( e.g. assaults, earthquakes/typhoons, military combat, car accidents, etc.);

3. Signs of PTSD include ( but aren't limited to):

> re-experiencing the traumatic event including flashbacks, nightmares etc.;

> social withdrawl i.e. withdrawing from friends, family, spouses;

> emotional numbing i.e. difficulty feeling emotions; > change in sleep patterns

> difficulty concentrating;

> moodiness;

> frustration

4. The length of time it takes to recover from PTSD varies on a case by case basis. There isn't a tried and true timeline;

5. Treatment for PTSD can involve working with your family physican, an occupational therapist, a psychologist and sometimes a psychiatrist. Treatment often involves therapy and medication.

Do you believe you're suffering from PTSD following your car accident?

Has your family doctor suggested you may suffering from PTSD?

If so, take it seriously and seek proper medical attention as soon as possible.

Are you interested in chatting about how PTSD may impact your ICBC injury claim?

Do you need more information?

I'd be glad to help. Call me at 604-255-9018 or email me at [email protected]


Jeff Witten




Category: Car Accidents


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