In most cases this injury will not have been caused by a car accident however there is a significant proportion that is a direct result of motor vehicle collisions. Car accidents are a major cause of anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and represent more than half of all cases handled by personal injury solicitors. If you have been injured in an accident and you want to make a compensation claim for personal injury and loss just complete the contact form, email our lawyers offices or use the solicitors helpline. Our PTSD solicitors offer advice on anxiety disorder with no charge and without further obligation. If our PTSD solicitors deal with your claim it will be on a no win no fee basis, compensation is paid in full and you do not have to fund or finance your car accident compensation claim.
If you have suffered physically, mentally or financially, you should consider making an accident compensation claim. For telephone advice at no cost from PTSD solicitors just call the helpline. Our lawyers will assess the strength of your claim and will advise you on your potential award of compensation without any further obligation.
Anxiety disorders including PTSD are very common, affecting 4 million Australians older than age 18 per year. It is a disease of uncertainty or fearfulness and tends to be debilitating if not treated very carefully and promptly. Anxiety disorders that last six months or more are considered to be medically significant and commonly lead to alcohol use or substance abuse. This can mask the anxiety and make it difficult to diagnose.
The best therapies for anxiety disorders include medications to control the anxiety symptoms and psychotherapy to learn how to deal with the symptoms. Biofeedback is good for anxiety disorders as well. There are different kinds of anxiety disorders, including general anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD, post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD, social phobia or social anxiety disorder and specific phobias. Each are treated slightly differently from one another.
Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder that involves sudden attacks of terrifying feelings and physical feelings like sweating, pounding of the heart, faintness, chest pain and weakness. People are debilitated during an attack. They may have a multitude of other symptoms like nausea, vomiting or numbness and the person usually feels unreal. The treatments of panic disorders are medications like Paxil that control anxiety and panic attacks. Therapy seems to help as well. Panic attacks can occur during sleep or during any time of the day. They can last as little as ten minutes or last longer than that.
Panic disorders affect around 500,000 adults in Australia each year and are twice as common in women as it is in men. Panic attacks define the single attack. Not everyone who gets a panic attack will get a panic disorder. There appears to be a hereditary component to who gets a panic attack and who does not.
If panic disorder progresses, you get agoraphobia or a fear of leaving your house. This is why it is important to treat panic disorder promptly with medication and psychotherapy so that depression and agoraphobia does not occur secondarily. Drug abuse and alcoholism are secondary factors to having panic disorder.
Obsessive compulsive disorder involves persistent and upsetting thoughts called obsessions and rituals or compulsions that go along with the obsessions. Many people are obsessed with germs or dirt and can involve obsessions around intruders or locking doors, shutting off faucets or shutting off stoves.
People with OCD can have hand washing compulsions, counting compulsions or the need to lock and relock the doors. Compulsively combing ones hair can be a problem and other compulsions can debilitate the individuals who have the disease. Repeated checking or touching of things can be compulsions a person who has OCD may have. Some compulsions can be in healthy people but it is the nature of the compulsions and the frequency of the compulsions that makes OCD.
The treatment of OCD is medication management with medications that control compulsions and anxiety. Psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy can help a person with OCD manage their symptoms and sometimes alleviate the symptoms altogether.
OCD affects 200,000 adult Australians and you can have accompanied eating disorders and other anxiety disorders along with it. Men and women get the disease at the same frequency and it usually starts in childhood or adolescence but it can affect people in their adult years primarily. There may be a hereditary component to the disease.
Post traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder that happens after a major trauma, such as a war, sexual or physical abuse, car accident or other major trauma. PTSD can occur immediately after the trauma or years later, depending on the person. It causes nightmares, persistent thoughts of the event, an easy startle response, emotional numbness and loss of interest in normal activities. PTSD can be made worse by another traumatic event in ones life. Flashbacks of the event can be a common phenomenon experienced by the person.
Over 500,000 Australians suffer from PTSD. The treatment is psychotherapy and medications to control the symptoms of anxiety and pain the person experiences.LAWYER HELPLINE: ☎ 1800 339 958
The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here