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Could I have P.T.S.D?

Asked by GracieT (7007 points ) January 25th, 2014

This happened in 1992, and the answer really isn’t going to impact anything but I’m still wondering…
In 1992 I was seriously injured in an auto accident that left me in a coma for a month and a half. I have been curious about whether or not I could have P.T.S.D because of the seriousness despite being left in a coma right after the accident. So, what do you think? Do I have P.T.S.D, or am I just left with the impact of the crash itself?

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Judi's avatar

We can’t tell you that. You haven’t even told us your symptoms. This is best discussed with a psychiatrist who can asses your symptoms.

GracieT's avatar

I have and she doesn’t think so, I just wondered if it was even possible.

LornaLove's avatar

@GracieT It could be possible. You could for example have seen a truck, swerved to avoid it went splintering along a highway bannister and all of this gives you nightmares and panic. Like @Judi said a psychiatrist would have to access you. The coma part I doubt since you were not conscious.

janbb's avatar

What are your symptoms? Flashbacks, nightmares, panic attacks? Any of those if severe and frequent could be indicative of PTSD,

GracieT's avatar

@janbb, It’s really curious. I am only slightly afraid in a car when we go over a bridge, and not really anything else. However, the form that my seizures take (I now have epilepsy) are just partial, when I get cold and absolutely terrified.

janbb's avatar

Well, I’m not a professional at all nor could anyone diagnose it over the internet. It sounds like something to check out with another therapist or your internist who handles the epilepsy if you are concerned about it.

flip86's avatar

Being afraid of bridges is common. My girlfriend hates bridges, especially in bad weather.

gorillapaws's avatar

In my completely unqualified non-medical opinion, it sounds like you’re suffering from the physiological effects of the neurological trauma you sustained and not the psychological trauma associated with PTSD. I’m pretty sure it would be possible for someone to get PTSD from something as traumatic as a major car crash, having flashbacks, panic attacks, nightmares etc., but in your case it sounds (at least from the few details we have) that your issues are more consistent with trauma to the physical brain itself.

I am not an expert, and I didn’t even stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night either, so feel free to completely disregard my opinion as baseless.

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