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A few months ago, I was attacked by a dog in Gurnee. I am recovering from my physical injuries, but lately I’ve had difficulty sleeping and I keep reliving the accident. I can’t focus and I don’t want to leave the house, even to spend time with family. My doctor says that I have PTSD. What are the symptoms of PTSD after an Illinois dog bite?

Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD can occur after any physically traumatic or emotionally painful event, and dog attacks are no exception. Victims of Illinois dog attacks frequently suffer from PTSD in the months after the accident.

PTSD affects a person’s happiness, ability to function, and quality of life. A person who is suffering from PTSD after an Illinois dog bite may relive the accident over and over. He may develop a crippling fear of dogs that makes it difficult to leave the house. Also, the victim may feel an inability to focus on work or school.

Symptoms of the disorder will usually present themselves within three months after a dog attack. In a small number of cases, PTSD symptoms may not appear until years after the event. The symptoms can last for months, years or even a lifetime.

Symptoms of PTSD from Illinois dog attacks include:

  • Flashbacks to the dog attack
  • Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
  • Nightmares
  • Emotional numbness or withdrawal
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Hopelessness about the future
  • Irritability
  • Anger
  • A fear of dogs
  • A fear of leaving the home
  • Being easily startled
  • Hearing or seeing things that aren’t there
  • Difficulty focusing at school or at work

It’s normal to have a wide range of emotional reactions after a Gurnee dog attack. It’s even normal to have nightmares and feel fear. But, if these feelings continue for more than a month and you feel that you can’t get your life under control, you should talk to your doctor about PTSD. Getting treatment can keep the symptoms from getting worse.

If you suffered a dog bite, an Illinois dog bite injury claim can help compensate you for your medical bills, including the treatment of PTSD. To learn more, contact the Gurnee dog bite attorneys at Hupy and Abraham at 866-625-2299.