PTSD is a mental condition that can occur after a traumatic event, leaving
the patient depressed, anxious, angry, and sad. If your healthcare professional
diagnoses you with PTSD after a medical mistake, he or she may recommend
Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy in which the patient is guided through a process that exposes him or her
to thoughts and feelings that remind him or her of the accident and show
him or her how to replace these feelings with more pleasant and balanced feelings.
Group therapy that helps the patient relate to others who are going through a similar
situation. If family or friends attend, they can learn how to support
the person who’s suffering from PTSD.
Medication such as antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs may be prescribed to help
control and lessen symptoms.
It is important that a PTSD patient only seek treatment and counseling
from a trained and certified counselor or mental health professional.