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Anxiety Disorder Personal Injury Claims

An anxiety disorder injury can be the result of a negligent act on the part of another person. If you have experienced an anxiety disorder injury that has resulted from another person’s negligence, you may need the help of a personal injury attorney in order to get the compensation that you deserve.

Anxiety disorder is defined as a chronic (long lasting, ongoing) condition that is evidenced by a persistent and excessive sense of apprehension. Anxiety disorder is also characterized by physical signs and symptoms like palpitations (feelings of having rapid, fluttering or pounding heartbeats), sweating and feelings of stress.

Anxiety disorder is a blanket term for several different types of abnormal, pathological phobia, fears and anxiety. Anxiety disorder refers to nervous system disorders as illogical or irrational worry that is not based on fact. However, anxiety disorder is very real and can be disabling and devastating.

Anxiety disorder is a serious problem in the United States. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), somewhere around 19 million adults have some form of anxiety disorder.


Signs you may have an anxiety disorder

There are several signs and symptoms, which may indicate that you have had an anxiety disorder injury. Some of these include:

  • Irrational fear or staying away from a place, object or situation where there is no real danger
  • Ongoing, recurring flashbacks or nightmares to a traumatic event that took place several months or years ago
  • Repeated, random panic attacks and fear of future panic attacks
  • Constant, chronic, unfounded worry that upsets social life and causes significant stress
  • Doing things over and over uncontrollably
  • Feelings of approaching terror and catastrophe
  • Avoiding common social situations for fear of being embarrassed, judged or humiliated
  • Ritualistic behaviors like repeated hand washing
  • Obsessive, uncontrollable thoughts
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle tension
  • An inability to be still and calm
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Cold or sweaty hands and/or feet
  • Nausea
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet

No one knows exactly what causes anxiety disorder. Clinical and animal studies suggest that there is a correlation between anxiety disorders and problems in maintaining balance.

One possible mechanism is malfunction in the parabrachial nucleus. The parabrachial nucleus is a structure in your brain that coordinates signals from the amygdala with input concerning balance, among other functions. The amygdala is involved in the emotion of fear.


Possible Reasons for Anxiety Disorder injuries

While no one knows the exact cause of anxiety disorder, what is known is that an anxiety disorder injury may result from things like:

  • Witnessing an horrific injury, which includes an act of violence by a person
  • Being involved in a serious accident
  • Being the victim of a physical assault, such as incest, rape, domestic abuse or molestation
  • Experiencing serious bodily harm
  • Witnessing a serious accident

You may have experienced some type of trauma that was the result of someone’s negligent act. As a result, you suffered an anxiety disorder injury that has had a devastating effect on your life. If this is the case, you need to contact a personal injury attorney who will discuss and evaluate your case and advise you on the best way to proceed.