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How can I identify post-traumatic stress disorder?

If you are a first responder working in Pennsylvania, post-traumatic stress disorder can be a very real concern when providing emergency medical care. Particularly traumatic events, such as scenes of violence or severe auto accidents, can take a significant toll on both your emotional and physical well-being. To this end, being able to recognize the common signs and symptoms of PTSD is the first step to receiving the assistance you need.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the effects of PTSD can take on numerous forms. Even your behavior may be impacted after a traumatic event, which can be expressed in a few different ways. An increase in drug or alcohol intake may take place in an attempt to help you cope with the ongoing effects of your experience. You may also exhibit a range of complex emotions in response to a traumatic event. For instance, when suffering from PTSD you may become overly irritable or angry, or experience an acute feeling of panic or anxiety. In any case, undergoing a psychiatric evaluation is crucial to address symptoms and get to the bottom of the underlying issue.

Physical effects are also quite common after witnessing a traumatic event. You may suffer from pain or discomfort with no identifiable cause, as well as headaches and a feeling of lightheadedness. Gastrointestinal issues can also occur, which may lead to bouts of vomiting. Some people may also feel overly tired or fatigued.

In addition to the physical symptoms listed above, PTSD can also cause a range of more urgent bodily issues. Symptoms of shock, including shallow or labored breathing, pupil dilation, racing pulse and many others, can be extremely distressing. You may also experience pains in the chest and other areas of the body. If you find yourself experiencing any of these effects after a traumatic occurrence, accessing emergency medical care is crucial.

If you feel you’re experiencing PTSD symptoms related to your workplace, contacting an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer may be your best option. An attorney can help you file a claim for compensation and assist you with gathering the necessary documentation to show that your condition is work-related. 

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