It is okay to feel afraid. You never want to be in an accident or experience a traumatic event, but sometimes it happens. In these situations fear and worry are normal and expected feelings. However, problems occur when these feelings extend far beyond the accident, affecting your life and happiness. This is what is called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. While not every traumatic experience will result in having PTSD, it can and does happen more often than you would think.

You Are Not Alone

Most people in their lives will experience some type of traumatic event. Whether it be a car accident or a stressful experience, it can leave a lasting impact. According the the National Center for PTSD, 7-8% of the U.S. population will experience PTSD at some point as a result of these traumas. And there are an estimated 24 million people that have PTSD in the United States right now. It is a large community, and it is important to know that you are not alone.

Understanding PTSD

It is important to note that it is perfectly healthy to feel fear after a traumatic event and fear does not necessarily constitute that someone will have PTSD, since only some people will develop it over time. However, a key to helping PTSD, is understanding it. The National Institute of Mental Health says that you are more at risk for PTSD if you:

  • Lived through a dangerous event or trauma
  • Have little or no social support after the event
  • Deal with extra stress after the event
  • Have a history of mental illness

Again, having one or any number of these things does not mean you have PTSD, but you may be at risk. They also explain that PTSD has a series of symptoms such as:

  • Re-experiencing
    • Flashbacks
    • Frightening thoughts
  • Avoidance
    • Staying away from places that remind you of the event
    • Feeling strong guilt, depression, or worry
  • Arousal and Reactivity
    • Having difficulty sleeping
    • Feeling on “edge”
  • Mood Symptoms
    • Losing interest in activities
    • Negative thoughts

Resources In Idaho

If you believe you or a family member might have PTSD, there are many resources available. One of the best things you can do is look up a therapist in your area. There are many specialists here in Idaho that have years of experience in helping people with PTSD and trauma. The Veterans Association in Boise may also offers PTSD programs and help groups at their facilities. Here are a few websites for further information:
National Center for PTSD
National Institute of Mental Health

Boise VA Medical Center
500 West Fort Street
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 208-422-1000

If you have been in an accident or traumatic event, please contact us today. We as Idaho Personal Injury Attorney’s understand that these events are expensive and can cause unwanted expenses. We want to help you receive the compensation you deserve.