What Is PTSD?
PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) is when a person has experienced or witnessed a very intense and traumatic event that leads to an anxiety disorder. A person can start to show symptoms of PTSD immediately after an event or even years later. Events can occur years later that remind a person of the initially traumatic event and cause flashbacks.
For example, a firefighter could have witnessed the death of a fellow firefighter. This is a very traumatic death or injury that can lead to anxiety and even physically manifest itself. If an event occurred during the course of employment, the employee may be able to obtain workers' compensation benefits for PTSD. However, there almost always must be some physical injury in conjunction with the mental condition. The exception is if the situation was so traumatic that it is considered severe and shocking.
Workers' Compensation Law Firm in Chicago
Our skilled Chicago PTSD & anxiety disorder lawyers have more than 60 years of experience representing injured workers and their families in Illinois. We are extremely knowledgeable in the laws pertaining to workers' compensation claims and benefits in Illinois, including those involving mental health conditions.
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How Do I Know if I Have PTSD?
Every situation and case of PTSD is different. That is why it is important you seek a mental health professional who can properly diagnose your mental condition as well as possible causes of it. However, there are some physical and emotional symptoms that commonly manifest in those with PTSD.
Some common symptoms of PTSD include:
- Panic attacks
- Night sweats
- Heart palpitations
- Difficulty concentrating
- Abuse of alcohol/drugs
- Memory problems
- Emotional numbness
- Difficulty enjoying daily activities
- Trouble with relationships
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