Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a common mental disorder that many people suffer from in varying degrees of severity. When New York was attacked on September 11th, our world was changed. Trauma, disorder, and destruction were rampant in the aftermath, and rescue and recovery efforts left their own mental scars. 9/11 PTSD is prevalent in victims who were on site during the attack, first responders who rushed to the scene to save others, rescue workers, recovery teams, and the families who lost loved ones.
Fortunately, PTSD is recognized as a very real part of mental health and as such it is possible to get medical help and support for treatment. The World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) and Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) provide health benefits and compensation for 9/11 PTSD sufferers. If you or a loved one suffer from PTSD from September 11th, contact a 9/11 PTSD attorney to discuss your eligibility for benefits under these programs.
PTSD Risk Factors Related to 9/11
There are many risk factors for PTSD. Some that are related to September 11th include:
- Observing a death, or seeing dead bodies
- Being injured in a painful or violent incident, accident, or attack
- Experiencing a traumatic event
- Loss of a loved one
- Loss of other securities, such as losing a home, job, or other support
September 11th survivors were forced to experience trauma in a multi-faceted manner both during and after the initial attack and recovery period. A 9/11 PTSD attorney can help explore your eligibility for benefits to assist in your recovery.
9/11 PTSD Symptoms and Treatment
There are four categories of PTSD symptoms. A PTSD patient can experience:
- Re-experience symptoms, such as flashbacks or dreams
- Avoidance symptoms, such as avoiding certain places or things related to the traumatic event
- Arousal symptoms, such as being tense, nervous, anxious, or having outbursts which disrupt daily life
- Mood symptoms, which disrupt daily life through mood changes, and also include memory loss or memory repression regarding the traumatic event.
Treatment for PTSD is very personal and specific to the individual, even in a shared trauma like 9/11 due to the individual nature of trauma. Common treatment for PTSD includes medication, counseling, specialized trauma therapy, and support groups.
Contact a 9/11 PTSD Attorney to Discuss Your Eligibility for Benefits
If you or a loved one suffer from PTSD related to the trauma of September 11th, contact a 9/11 PTSD lawyer at Pitta & Baione by completing our online contact form or calling us at 844-982-2667 to discuss your eligibility for benefits.
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