San Diego Military PTSD Attorney
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Attorney and Marine Corps Veteran Joseph H. Low IV knows that even those who have ended their Military service without injury can still have major scars from their time serving the United States. The trauma experienced by those out in combat can leave a Veteran with emotional and psychological difficulties long after they have returned to civilian life.
This is known as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its devastating effects are being felt by more Veterans than ever, despite having gone undiagnosed for many years.
While the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides programs that help Veterans cope with their trauma and its lingering effects, many will have to prove that they have truly experienced trauma and are in need of support.
Through a free consultation with the legal team at The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV, you can learn more about your rights as a Veteran and the benefits that can help you in your recovery. Call us today at (562) 901-0840 or (888) 454-5569 and learn not only about our continued success in helping Military Veterans, but the legal courses of action that can help you in your recovery.
The Lasting Effects of Trauma
After experiencing a terrifying ordeal that puts a person in serious danger, a survivor may experience the effects of the incident for many years in the form of PTSD. Those who have been subjected to or witnessed traumatic events, such as abuse, rape, kidnapping, natural disasters, or vehicles crashes can easily suffer from PTSD. However, soldiers are at an especially high risk of developing the disorder due to the extreme intensity of combat and the higher frequency of these events. In fact, PTSD was first diagnosed in Military Veterans.
Symptoms of PTSD, which can last for years or even decades, include:
- Emotional numbness
- Feeling on edge
- Memory loss regarding the traumatic incident
- Outbursts of anger
- Continuing nightmares
- Strong feelings of worry, guilt, or depression
- Frightening thoughts
- Being easily startled
These symptoms will not go away by themselves, but need in-depth therapy.
Coping with PTSD
If you believe that you are experiencing the lasting effects of a traumatic event, it is vital that you undergo a diagnosis from a medical professional in order to determine if you are indeed suffering from PTSD. The sooner you are diagnosed, the better your chances are at properly treating your condition. Fully understanding the symptoms you are experiencing and discovering the source of your PTSD are highly important steps in beginning the recovery process.
There are multiple types of psychotherapy that have proven effective in helping patients cope with PTSD. Forms of therapy including behavioral programs, stress inoculation training, exposure therapy, cognitive therapy, and others have all been used to help people recognize and handle their PTSD. Through the help of professional therapists, a Veteran can find what type of therapy is most effective for him or her.
Getting Help through VA
The VA provides PTSD programs in states across the country. These programs are tailored to help Veterans cope with their losses and have insight into the trauma experienced during Military service. However, a Veteran may have to prove that his or her PTSD originated during service time and that he or she is eligible for the benefits that would support enrollment in these programs.
Skilled Representation in Your Time of Need
If you are coping with posttraumatic stress disorder, get in touch with The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV by calling (888) 454-5569. Through the representation of PTSD Attorney Joseph H. Low IV, you can prove the legitimacy of your condition and receive the VA benefits that you will need to return to a healthy and fulfilling personal and professional life. Whatever you may be going through, you are not alone with our team on your side.
- PTSD: National Center for PTSD
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- What is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?