Q: Am I experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or is it just a normal response to the accident?
Determining whether or not you are experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can some times be difficult.
Often times people experience some type of symptoms of PTSD after a traumatic experience such as an accident but the symptoms go away a short amount of time after the accident. Feeling as if your safety or trust was broken, feeling disconnected, numb, or angry, or finding it hard to stop thinking about the traumatic event are all normal reactions to abnormal events such as an accident. These feelings normally last from a few days to a few weeks but eventually they should decrease and disappear. It is not normal to continue experiencing these feelings without a decrease for a period past a few weeks. If this occurs you may be experiencing PTSD.
It is important to seek help from your doctor and other medical professionals if you do feel as if you have post-traumatic stress disorder.