Saturday, October 8, 2016

How Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) can play a role in civil, criminal, and family law proceedings.

Part 1:  PTSD is not just a defense for the former serviceman/woman.

We most commonly associate PTSD with our military personnel who have experienced traumatic situations in combat.  Over the last few decades, PTSD has been associated with victims of violent crimes such as the battered wife and sexual assault.

PTSD is now being realized in individuals who have suffered from, witnessed, or have been involved in: emotional, physical, religious, verbal, sexual, or psychological abuse; first responders; law enforcement; natural disasters or other catastrophes as in 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina; motor vehicle, boating, or aircraft accidents; lived in stressful environments such as violent neighborhoods; committed a violent crime themselves and deal with guilt; situations where one may feel helpless (child sees a sibling being abused and cannot help); kidnapping; medical procedures (especially in children); and other serious events.

Experts in PTSD say any overwhelming life occurrence can elicit PTSD, particularly if the event is perceived as unpredictable and uncontrollable. It can even occur in the friends or family members of those who went through the actual trauma.

Stress and trauma are facts of life. The difference between the two is when trauma occurs; people perceive that their life or safety and/or others’ are being threatened. If an incident is simply stressful, the symptoms will diminish or disappear soon after the cause of stress is reduced.  If the symptoms persist long after the incident is over, then it is trauma.

The traumatic events that lead to PTSD are usually so overwhelming and frightening they would trouble anyone. The mind and body experience shock after a traumatic event.  As our minds process the emotions we move beyond it or we remain in a psychological shock, leading to PTSD.

Sue Gent
President, Private Investigator
Prodigy Investigative Group, Inc.
(772) 634-6040
(954) 866-3338

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