Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can occur in anyone who has been in a traumatic situation. While commonly associated with soldiers, PTSD can appear in victims of assault, car accidents, and even dog bite attacks.
People of all ages have a risk of developing PTSD from dog bite. Children are most commonly emotionally affected by dog bites, and it can stay with them for several years, sometimes for their entire lives. Because of the potential for a major change of lifestyle, damages in a dog bite or attack need to address future psychological pain.
A New Way of Life: Constant Worry about Dogs
PTSD from dog bite attack can result in the following for children.
- Grow up with a fear of all dogs
- Anxiety about visiting friends who have dogs
- Depression from disfigurement after the attack
These three symptoms - fear, anxiety, and depression - are the three major symptoms of PTSD for all ages. Even adults may experience anxiety around dogs, including ones they were familiar with prior to the attack. PTSD can cause dog bite victims to withdraw from situations where dogs may be present for fear of another attack. Worry and avoidance of social situations with dogs can cause isolation and then depression
PTSD is not an untreatable condition, and it can be reduced or eliminated with therapy. Many people who have suffered a dog bite and experience mental trauma eventually find comfort working with a therapist. Some people may require medication to help their anxiety or depression during treatment. Others choose to work on conquering their fears on their own or with the help of friends and family.
Don't Let PTSD Symptoms go Unaddressed: Seek Help Soon
While PTSD is not directly life-threatening, it can reduce your overall quality of life. If you find that your feelings toward dogs and the attack are keeping you from enjoying yourself and living a normal life, you should talk to a professional about getting help for your disorder.
The Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, P.C is here to help dog bite victims when the attack has caused a substantial level of pain, trauma, and damages. Contact our office today and schedule your FREE consultation to discuss your legal options: 404-474-0804.