Post-traumatic stress disorder continues to remain a much-misunderstood condition. It is very common among veterans returning home from combat duty, but the extent of ignorance about this condition is staggering. There are still many misconceptions about post-traumatic stress disorder out there, and some of those misconceptions can actually have dangerous consequences when they prevent the person from seeking medical help for this condition.
Here are some of the top misconceptions or myths regarding PTSD.
PTSD begins immediately after a traumatic event.
In many cases, much time passes between the traumatic event and the emergence of symptoms related to post- traumatic stress disorder. Usually, symptoms appear a few months after the traumatic injury has occurred. In some cases however, it may take years for symptoms to appear.
Symptoms of PTSD disappear over a period of time.
One of the biggest myths and most dangerous ones is that symptoms like nightmares, anxiety and other symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder simply disappear over a period of time. The injured patient may believe that the symptoms will simply vanish. That doesn’t happen at all. In fact, symptoms can intensify over a period of time. If the person does not get help, he is at risk of severe symptoms that can have devastating consequences.
Post-traumatic stress disorder cannot be treated.
Post- traumatic stress disorder can be treated, and treatment usually involves a combination of drugs, therapy, and other techniques. In fact, one of the bigger mistakes that people make is to neglect treatment for symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, because there are no physical signs of the injury.
If you are a veteran who suffers post-traumatic stress disorder, speak to a doctor about your symptoms. If you have not yet begun receiving veterans’ disability benefits, speak to a California veterans’ disability benefits lawyer.