In the State of Florida, complex post traumatic stress disorder is common among victims of violence, as well as among accident victims who sustained injuries. Florida Civil Jury Instructions 501.2 makes clear that mental anguish suffered by victims who are pursuing compensation for accidents may be factored in as an element of damages. Understanding the types of mental damage is important, and complex post traumatic stress disorder is one of the most common types of mental illness resulting from accidents and trauma.
Mayo Clinic explains post traumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition characterized by intrusive memories (flashbacks); avoidance (trying to avoid places which are a reminder of the traumatic event); negative changes in mood and thinking; and changes in emotional reactions. Aggression, irritability, difficulty sleeping, negative feelings and hopelessness are among the many symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
These symptoms may fade over time in many PTSD sufferers; however, some patients will experience ongoing PTSD symptoms. The National Center for PTSD reports that a Harvard University doctor has recommended a new diagnosis for patients with long-term and/or severe PTSD symptoms: complex post traumatic stress disorder. Although complex PTSD has not yet been officially recognized as a scientific diagnostic classification, sufferers of complex PTSD may need more aggressive and more long-lasting treatment for their emotional difficulties.
Victims suffering from complex PTSD should seek appropriate mental healthcare. If their condition results from the negligence or wrongdoing of others, victims should pursue a claim for compensation both for their mental anguish as well as for the medical costs associated with treating this serious mental health problem.