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Study finds victims of TBI at heightened risk for PTSD

What causes post traumatic stress disorder? There is a common perception that the psychological disorder is the result of high levels of stress often faced during wartime - that this disorder is suffered only by those who serve in the military.

A recent study provided data to show that this perception is wrong. The study, published in the Journal of Neurotrauma, reports civilians frequently suffer from PTSD.

What did researchers find? Researchers were looking at a very specific area of medicine. They were reviewing whether or not the presence of a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) would impact the patient's likelihood of developing PTSD. Ultimately, the researchers found a connection. They found that 27 percent of these patients developed PTSD six months after suffering from the TBI.

Researchers developed their findings by reviewing a number of factors. These factors included reviewing the participant's psychiatric symptoms, performance on visual processing and mental flexibility tests as well as functional disabilities.

Why is this study important? The study is unique since it looks specifically at civilians. Many of the previous PTSD studies focused on participants that had served in the military.

The findings can result in early identification of the disorder, leading to timely treatment for victims.

What can victims learn? Those who suffer a TBI after an accident should take note. Medical research continues to find long-term impacts of TBIs on victims. As a result, those who suffer from these injuries should seriously consider being examined by a qualified medical healthcare professional and understand their legal rights relating to any long-term consequences including necessary treatment, loss of earnings and physical/psychological problems.

If the injury is the result of another's negligence (wrongdoing), then you may be entitled to compensation. This compensation can help cover the cost of medical care and rehabilitation the victim may need. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your options.

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