Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

About a year ago my friend's father Mr. Levin was in a major car accident. He was driving to a business company where he worked as a manager responsible for new projects, so he was under a lot of stress. The accident was not his fault, but he got serious injuries. The worst one was a complicated fracture of his leg, so he was in a wheelchair for a few months and then had to go through difficult rehabilitation to learn how to walk again. Soon after accident Mr. Levin started having nightmares about it. He had trouble sleeping at night waking up often, and during the day he felt irritable, sad and helpless. It seemed to him that the sights and sounds of the accident haunt him all the time. Mr. Levin avoided TV programs that showed accident scenes; he felt anxious when he heard siren or screeching tires.

While Mr. Levin's relatives drove him to rehabilitation, he felt anxious, tense, his heart was pounding, and he breathed rapidly. Mr. Levin asked his family to change the routes to avoid going anywhere near the site of the crash. Before the accident Mr. Levin was a fun and life-loving person, but after this traumatic experience he felt disconnected, angry and depressed. Thus, his behavior became abnormal because his actions, thoughts, and feelings were harmful to him and people around him.

Mr. Levin was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, which is a severe anxiety and distress that persist long after traumatic experience. Traumatic events are more likely to cause PTSD when they involve a severe threat to life or personal safety. As a result of his injuries Mr. Levin developed this disorder. Also, high level of stress associated with his everyday work, as well as...