PTSD: Not Just A Military Disorder Anymore

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PTSD: Civilians Suffer, Not Just Military 

by Kevin Danesh, Esq.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has become commonly, and for all intents and purposes, unfairly associated with war. A dark, mysterious symptom reserved only for those who have, “seen things” on the battlefield. For the military men and women who have experienced such traumatic incidents during a deployment, or suffered severe injuries due to combat related incidents, it is not uncommon to develop PTSD. However, it is equally as common for civilians, or every-day Joe’s to experience symptoms of PTSD due to orthopedic trauma, like those one might experience during a serious vehicle accident.

As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, I see clients who are clearly suffering from PTSD all the time. In most instances, the individuals do not realize they have the disorder. It is only through our firm’s extensive vetting and discovery process that details of detachment and distraction come to light. While many focus on the scars and broken bones that a serious vehicle accident can result in, it is often the trauma of PTSD that is the most serious and costly of injuries. This is because, unidentified, PTSD can ruin an individual’s life long after their bones and bruises have healed.

According to a study conducted by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), more than half of the people who have incurred an orthopedic trauma, like bone fractures from a vehicle collision, have developed PTSD. Similarly, pedestrians who have been struck by a motor vehicle had a higher risk of developing symptoms of PTSD with as many as 60% of the individuals involved showing signs of the disorder.

Surviving an ordeal such as this often leaves the victims feeling confused or stand-offish for days at a time. The loss of appetite or loss of sleep is a common side effect, with reoccurring nightmares or bad memories. Re-experiencing the incident that caused the trauma is common, and is a tell-tale sign of the onset of PTSD. Of course it is essential to contact a physician for a professional diagnosis if you think you are suffering from post-traumatic stress. Never just assume you have it, get the proper evaluation from a medical professional.

Without the proper treatment, PTSD can hinder common day-to-day functions such as, paying bills, eating, getting dressed and socializing. You’re probably wondering, what are ways to help ease the onset of such stress and combating the illness?  There are arguably many different ideas and techniques for treating PTSD and a particular technique that stimulates the neurophysiology of PTSD, has become a leading alternative.

Learning To Fight The Crippling Effects Of PTSD

While the disorder may not be exclusive to military personnel, the military are among the first to identify and have an open dialogue about the illness, which is why it makes perfect sense that the most effective methods for combatting PTSD are coming from military sources.

Operation Warrior Wellness promotes Transcendental Meditation (TM), as a unique and trusted alternative treatment, that can be learned quickly and performed effortlessly in the comfort of the patient’s home. Through research, meditation has been found to reduce the symptoms of anxiety, and depression. Meditation also helps to regulate serotonin imbalances in the brain, which in turn helps the nervous system function at a more normal and manageable level.

The TM technique was first developed by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, during the 1950’s. Its popularity has grown exponentially and become a global form of meditation. TM has become one of the most scientifically studied and practiced techniques world-wide.

For about 15 to 20 minutes a day, this technique can be practiced with no prior experience and still achieve positive results. TM produces relaxation, through simulation of a deep-sleep state. The calming rest produced by TM, is key to the individuals well being and recovery.

Other forms of meditation include:

  • Chakra Meditation
  • Zen Meditation
  • Yoga Meditation
  • Kundalini Meditation

All meditation techniques offer their own positive results and have been practiced for eons. Stress and depression is common, now more than ever. Whether it be from a traumatic car accident, fighting in a war, financial issues or even those pesky kids! No one should be left alone to fend for themselves. Having a strong support structure is paramount to dealing with life’s obstacles and obtaining a healthy, peaceful psyche.

January 30, 2013

One response to “PTSD: Not Just A Military Disorder Anymore”

  1. faye says:

    I was injuryed on my job – not military – and i guess I was blessed as my attorney realized that I was having emotional problems and he sent me to a Doctor that deals with PTSD so I did recieve treatment which still continues today,but it is always there.

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