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
the following:

  • 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.