Not all symptoms of emotional trauma prompt a diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Some symptoms of trauma are short-lived and are gone within several weeks to a few months. However, traumatic symptoms that have not improved through time may signal PTSD.
To diagnose PTSD, a psychiatrist first evaluates a person’s medical history and history of trauma. Symptoms should have been around for at least one month to be classified as PTSD. These symptoms include at least two hyperarousal symptoms, one intrusive symptom, and three avoidance symptoms. Doctors can also diagnose PTSD based on how symptoms affect the patient’s day-to-day functions and how he or she handles personal and social relationships.
Victims who have been involved in a traumatic car crash and have developed PTSD have the right to file legal action against the party responsible for the accident. We at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® might be able to help you. Call our Milwaukee office at (414) 271-0900 to learn more about your legal options.