Post-traumatic stress disorder is a prevalent, yet often misunderstood, psychological issue in society today. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can come from many different distressing events, including, for example, a dog bite. Dog bites can happen to anyone of any age, and dog bite victims often suffer long after the actual bite occurs. Dog bites are not only physically painful; they can cause PTSD as well. In this article, we will discuss the connection between PTSD and dog bites, as well as your legal rights as a victim.
What is PTSD?
PTSD manifests itself in a number of different ways, but, broadly, the disorder is characterized through three major symptoms: (1) flashbacks, memories, and nightmares that cause the person to re-experience the trauma they suffered, (2) emotional desensitization (often described as a sense of “numbness”) and avoidance of things that may trigger memories of the trauma, and (3) increased hypersensitivity that can cause hypervigilance, problems sleeping and concentrating, and irritability.