The Importance of Post-Traumatic Counselling After Personal-Injury in Ontario

Don’t wait until you break; go to post-traumatic counselling and learn to cope—then, claim your life back.

A personal injury in Ontario is a life-altering event. They can be devastating and crippling. Even worse news? It doesn’t end at the physical injuries. The post-trauma of injuries affect confidence, self-esteem and can, in their worst incarnations, change personalities all together—unless you go through the proper treatment, which is post-traumatic counselling.

Are you At-Risk Post-Traumatic Issues from Personal Injury?

Victims of personal injury in Ontario can experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (or some variation thereof)—and it can happen to anyone who has experienced a personal-injury accident, even days, weeks or months after an accident. As personal injury lawyers in Whitby, Oshawa & Toronto we understand the importance of recognizing at-risk behaviour after a personal-injury accident. Know the signs and symptoms:

Physical Symptoms:

  • headaches,
  • sweating,
  • shaking,
  • insomnia,
  • addiction (drug, alcohol or other),
  • nightmares,
  • and difficulty concentrating.

Emotional Symptoms:

  • anxiety,
  • flashbacks,
  • panic attacks,
  • shock,
  • fear,
  • helplessness,
  • horror,
  • and an inability to form or maintain relationships.

Overcoming PTSD After A Personal Injury in Ontario

Overcoming Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after a personal-injury accident requires post-traumatic counselling. Post-traumatic counselling means discussing with a professional your personal injury who will offer reassurances and an education about PTSD. They will also place an emphasis on coping strategies and, if needed, medication to help you get through it. If you think you may be experiencing PTSD after your personal injury feel free to call us for a list of professionals in your area who can help—as personal injury lawyers in Whitby, Oshawa & Toronto we know who can help.

Education

One of post-traumatic counselling’s guiding principles is educating the sufferer about the traumatic effects that personal-injury accidents can bring, and explaining the prevalence in survivors. Throughout the process a qualified professional will illuminate all the symptoms, which can help normalize the prevalent ones and prevent future symptoms from occurring. It can also help with patient reluctance at disclosing symptoms. Throughout the process the qualified professional will be cautious to avoid disclosing symptoms to suggestive patients and those involved in personal-injury litigation.

Coping Strategies

There are a number of coping strategies that survivors of personal-injury accidents can do, including moderate physical exercise and relaxation techniques. These must be discussed with a professional to find the suitable coping mechanisms for each patient.

Medication

The use of medication may or may not be part of your healing process. If a qualified professional,  (or team of), decides that medication will help you with recovery there are a number of medications that can help you through the healing process. You may need to try several different medications to find the one that helps you—but of course they must all be carefully prescribed by a professional. Any type(s) of self-medication you are using will need to be carefully monitored.

Once You’ve Begun Healing from your Personal Injury in Ontario

After you’ve begun healing you will have a decision to make—whether to put this behind you, or whether you’re now strong enough to begin litigation against the cause of the issue. If you’re curious what that process entails—call us, as personal injury lawyers in Whitby, Oshawa & Toronto we can give you the information you need on the process that will help you decide how to proceed.

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