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Post Traumatic Stress

Post Traumatic Stress–An Overview

One type of workplace injury that is both incredibly serious and increasingly common is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. PTSD is a psychological illness that can be brought about through suffering any number of traumatic events in which the person fears for their life or the life of someone else. Most common in the military among returned soldiers, and also among doctors, journalists, police officers, ambulance officers and fire-fighters, PTSD is a growing concern and one that the medico legal industry needs to be aware of preventing.

What is PTSD?

Essentially, PTSD is an anxiety disorder brought on by a terrifying or traumatic event. When the brain experiences something shocking and traumatic, it can, like any other part of the body, become scarred by the event. This could be anything from experiencing a personal attack such as a rape or a mugging, or witnessing something particularly traumatic such as a firy car crash, or intense injuries. Those suffering from PTSD experience intense and ongoing anxiety from these experiences and this can manifest itself in flashbacks, dreams, panic attacks and many more debilitating social and emotional symptoms such as depression.

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