Loss of Limbs and PTSD

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious and potentially deadly brain disorder that is both psychological and physiological. The brain is physically affected by trauma and the resulting damage leads to emotional symptoms. PTSD commonly affects people who have experienced any of the following:

  • Battlefield violence
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • The loss of a close friend or loved one
  • Violent crime
  • Natural disasters
  • Serious injury due to accident

The loss of a limb, whether due to an injury or disease, is a traumatic experience that frequently leads to PTSD. If left untreated PTSD rarely takes care of itself. Comprehensive and holistic treatment can bring real relief for people suffering from this disorder.

Recognizing the Symptoms of PTSD

The following symptoms may indicate the presence of PTSD:

  • Panic attacks
  • Nightmares
  • Insomnia
  • Flashbacks
  • Emotional outbursts
  • Depression
  • Compulsive thrill-seeking
  • Substance abuse

These symptoms may be subtle or intense, and each sufferer’s experience will be unique. If left untreated, this condition can lead to addiction, overdose or suicide.

Successfully Treating PTSD

While descriptions of the syndrome we now refer to as PTSD can be found in historical record centuries ago, the understanding of it has expanded greatly in recent years. Successful recovery often requires a combination of medical treatment and psychological therapy. Many of the following therapeutic techniques of PTSD are similar to those used to treat addiction:

  • Personal counseling of various types
  • Support group meetings
  • Instruction in relaxation and coping skill development
  • Medical care
  • Empowering education

Specialized treatment facilities offer recovery support in comfortable, healthful environments.

PTSD and Addiction Treatment

If you or someone you love is concerned about the effects of PTSD and drug abuse following the loss of a limb, please call our toll-free helpline. Our counselors are standing by to answer any questions, confirm insurance coverage, help with logistical issues or connect you with the best recovery program for your unique needs. Don’t let the traumatic loss of a limb destroy your emotional and physical health. Please call today.