Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, was officially recognized as a medical condition by the American Psychiatric Association in 1980.

It is a medical condition related to fear and terror caused by something traumatic happening. PTSD is when the emotional effects of the trauma stays with someone long after the end of the traumatic event.

Symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Flashbacks
  • Bad dreams
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Sudden frightening thoughts
  • Feeling constant guilt, depression, or worry, or feeling numb
  • Feeling tense, or on edge
  • Angry outbursts
  • Being easily startled
  • Avoiding places that trigger memories of the trauma
  • Severe emotional or physical reactions to anything that triggers memories of the trauma.

PTSD can be very disabling, depending on the symptoms and the circumstances around them. Symptoms such as flashbacks, being easily startled, and frightening thoughts can all keep you from focusing on the work you’re supposed to be doing. It can be impossible to interact with coworkers and the general public if you are acting oddly because you are dealing with the mental effects of the condition. If you can’t sleep, you would be too tired to function.

The most commonly known cause of PTSD is combat. However, the condition does not necessarily have to be caused by combat. Other extremely stressful situations, such as a car accident or long-term abuse, can also cause PTSD. Scientists believe that some people are more predisposed towards developing PTSD, because of genetics or brain structure. Treatment for PTSD includes both counseling and medication.

Search

Popular Resources

From our clients

  • "I found John to be professional, caring and informative as he walked me through the process from start to finish."

    Josh N.

  • "John Chihak is very professional and friendly, so I was less nervous in the process."

    Melody G.

  • "If you want a lawyer who is kind, and gets the job done, call him. Chihak is one-of-a-kind."

    Stephen W.

  • "Their team is very professional and extremely knowledgeable on the Social Security rules and laws."

    Jenn S.

  • "They were easy to get in touch with and made the whole process easier."

    Michelle F.

  • "Working with Chihak is one of the most important decisions I've ever made & I'm so thankful for them."

    Gemma

See More

Talk to an attorney

For a free initial consultation with Chihak + Chihak, call us toll free at
(888) 723-4141 or use the form below to send us an e-mail.