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What is PTSD?

Have you experienced a traumatic accident in Iowa? Whether a work-related incident, a serious motor vehicle accident or something else, these experiences can leave you with more than just physical injuries and financial challenges. The emotional trauma that can accompany an accident of any type may be as severe or more so than any of the other results you may live with. Posttraumatic stress disorder is one example of a long-lasting emotional scar of sorts that requires prompt and professional intervention.

WebMD explains that the brains of people who have posttraumatic stress disorder function as though the people are almost constantly in an emergency state, releasing higher levels of certain hormones that promote a fight or flight type of response. While these hormones can help people in the time of an actual crisis, they are not ideal for everyday living in the same way. They can increase the chance of a person being irritable, angry, unable to sleep well and even reduce a person's ability to feel or process emotions properly.

On a physical level, PTSD may increase the risk of some conditions such as digestive problems and heart disease. Problems in interpersonal relationships at home and at work may arise. Early treatment for PTSD is important as the brain may actually change over time without proper help.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give Iowa residents an overview of posttraumatic stress disorder and the importance of seeking help for it when early symptoms may appear.