Accidents & Trauma
It is not the event that is traumatic. The subjective understanding of such experience may trigger an emotional wound.
The personal realization of a lived experience may open an emotional wound called PTSD.
The DSM-5TR (2022) classifies PTSD under a new category called trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders. The four clusters of symptoms are reexperiencing, avoidance, hyper-arousal, and negative alterations in cognition and mood.
The International Classification of Diseases-11 (ICD-11, 2019) emphasizes the personal ramifications and calls it complex posttraumatic symptom disorder (C-PTSD). That means an added value on disturbances of self-organization: dysregulation of emotion, disruption of activities, detachment feelings, and feelings of being permanently damaged.
Most questions will have to do with the nature of your symptoms, how you have been handling them, associated beliefs, avoidant behavior, and many other issues.
The evaluation of psychological impairment after a traumatic accident, whether while driving or at work, is arduous. It is not limited to the existence of emotional distress. We’ll also have to determine causality. That is, whether the symptoms directly result from the accident (and not from any previous issue). To do so, we’ll need to gather your in-depth history. We’ll also need to determine the credibility of your report. As a survivor, you may over-report and “hold it together;” or be concerned with shameful feelings and under-report.
Working together, you will be able to regain confidence and optimism in your life and your loved ones.
Dr. Roth utilizes sound psychometric instruments to increase the report’s strength and consider the risk of deception due to the benefits involved. We all have an answering style. Malingering is not the only reason for faking good or bad. Suffering and cognitive impairment or dysfunction may also result in exaggerated symptoms. Psychological tests, tools, and instruments play an increasingly significant role in determining the outcome of legal cases.
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