An attack by a dog can result in severe mental anguish, as well as cause issues with anxiety. One such example is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This condition occurs after a traumatic event and may leave a person feeling depressed, nervous, or fearful for an extended period of time. Victims also sometimes take dangerous risks and have difficulty getting along with friends and family. Many PTSD victims will not feel normal or behave normally for a significant time period after the attack.
Six Potential Treatments for Dog Bite Induced Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Fortunately, there are several treatment options available that can help a victim recover from PTSD caused by a dog bite attack. The following are six examples:
- Cognitive therapy. By engaging in this treatment, you will learn to recognize the ways of thinking that are keeping you from perceiving normal situations in an accurate manner.
- Exposure therapy. This type of therapy helps victims to safely face the fear that is paralyzing them in order to learn how to cope with it effectively. This may involve the use of a virtual reality program to allow victims to re-enter the setting of the trauma in a safe manner.
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. `This type of therapy is a combination of exposure therapy and a series of guided eye movements that help victims to process traumatic memories of the dog bite attack and change how the victim reacts to the memories.
- Prescription anti-depressants. This type of medication helps victims by providing relief to the symptoms of depression and anxiety. In addition, anti-depressants can help improve sleep problems and concentration.
- Prescription anti-anxiety medications. These medications help to improve feelings of anxiety and stress in order to relieve severe anxiety and its related problems.
- Prazosin. This drug is often used to treat insomnia or recurrent nightmares.
If you or a loved one suffers from PTSD as a result of a dog bite attack, do not delay in contacting an attorney. It is important that you take the proper steps in order to protect your legal rights. We encourage you to contact us for a free, no-obligation case analysis. Start your road to recovery, today.