Many people think about war veterans and crime victims when they hear the medical term "posttraumatic stress disorder" (PTSD).  This medical disorder impacts more than these two groups of people.  It can affect anyone who has gone through a traumatic event.  Posttraumatic stress disorder can develop if you have witnessed or experienced an event that caused you to feel fearful or helpless.

It is unfortunately common for people who are involved in traumatic events to have a period of time where they have to cope with what happened.  This time is also an adjustment period for many people.

Posttraumatic stress disorder is not always immediately recognized, but it can get worse and last anywhere from months to years.  According to, “signs and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder typically begin within three months of a traumatic event.  In a small number of cases, though, PTSD symptoms may not occur until years after the event.” 

Some of the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder include:
  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Emotional numbness
  • Avoiding activities
  • Memory problems
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Irritability
  • Sleep troubles
  • Easily frightened
  • Difficulty maintaining relationships
  • Feelings of guilt
These symptoms can come on at different times and may even go away for a while.  People suffering from PTSD will often experience more symptoms during periods of high stress or when reminded of the traumatic event.

If you are experiencing the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder and your life is being impacted, you should seek advice from a medical professional.  There are treatment options available that include medications and psychotherapy.  These treatments will not only help you cope with PTSD, but will also help you avoid additional complications from this disorder, such as depression, anxiety or alcohol abuse.

When you are dealing with posttraumatic stress disorder, your life may be completely disrupted.  If you find yourself in a situation where you are not able to work because of PTSD, you may be able to obtain long term disability insurance benefits. 

You can reach Miami Insurance Claims Lawyer J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo by dialing his direct number at (786) 272-5841, calling the main office at (305) 461-1095, or Toll Free at 1 (866) 71-CLAIM or email Attorney Gonzalez-Sirgo directly at [email protected].

J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo
J.P. Gonzalez-Sirgo, P.A.
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