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Symptoms of PTSD following a dog attack

On Behalf of | Mar 6, 2023 | Dog Bites & Attacks

Victims of dog attacks may suffer more than physical injuries. Having a violent encounter with an animal can cause mental trauma and anguish.

Often, when dogs attack, the owner is responsible for the damages caused by the animal. If you develop PTSD after an attack, it could disrupt your life.

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition that develops in response to a traumatic event. PTSD is an intense reaction to trauma that can last for months or years following the vent. Generally, PTSD begins to develop within three months of the incident.

How can you recognize PTSD?

One of the most common characteristics of PTSD is recurrent nightmares and memories. People with post-traumatic stress disorder tend to relive the event. You may find it challenging to engage in daily tasks because you are preoccupied with the traumatic event. You may have a severe emotional reaction or feel intense fear around dogs when reminded of the dog attack.

You may start avoiding everyday scenarios, like leaving the house or going to places where you know dogs may be present. When you develop PTSD, it can make you feel detached from your family and friends and cause you to lose interest in the activities that you used to love.

PTSD symptoms can become more intense as time goes on. In most cases, you may feel the symptoms become stronger when you are stressed or have potent reminders. For example, hearing dogs barking on your street may remind you of the attack.