PTSD from Astroworld

By Nov 11, 2021 Posted in In the News


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Horrific physical injuries and deaths at Astroworld have been well documented. The likely psychological injuries, however, have received less attention.

Post-traumatic stress disorder often causes debilitating symptoms, and its impact spreads far beyond the battlefield. According to the National Institutes of Health, 6.8% of US adults suffer from PTSD, and more than 1/3rd of those are “seriously impaired” as a result of the disorder.

PTSD is caused by exposure to a traumatic event, including things like natural or human-caused disasters and violent car wrecks. The DSM-5’s definition of a traumatic event includes being exposed to, or witnessing, actual or threatened death or serious injury. As it relates to Astroworld, the trauma of being seriously injured, facing a threat of serious injury or death, or witnessing another person being seriously injured or killed, could all meet the threshold for a PTSD-inducing trauma.

The symptoms required for a diagnosis are:

  1. Persistently re-experiencing the trauma through at least one of:
    • unwanted, upsetting memories
    • nightmares
    • flashbacks
    • emotional distress or “physical reactivity” after being exposed to something that reminds you of the trauma
  2. Avoidance of either or both (1) trauma-related thoughts or feelings or (2) trauma-related external reminders
  3. At least two of these symptoms appeared, or became worse, after the trauma
    • Inability to recall key features of the trauma
    • Overly negative thoughts about yourself or the world
    • Exaggerated blame of yourself or others
    • Negative mood
    • Decreased interest in activities
    • Feeling isolated
    • Difficulty experiencing positive feelings
  4. Alterations in arousal and reactivity, through:
    • Irritability or aggression
    • Risky or destructive behavior
    • Hypervigilance—in other words, being “on guard” for the potential of new trauma
    • Heightened startle reaction—for example, having inappropriate “jump scare”-type reactions to loud noises or someone walking up behind you
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Difficulty sleeping
  5. The symptoms last more than one month
  6. The symptoms cause you distress, and/or impair your ability to function socially or at work or school

We at Wham & Rogers have helped many clients with PTSD obtain justice for their injuries and compensation that allows them to seek the treatment they need. If you or someone you know were injured, nearly injured, or witnessed another person’s injury or death at Astroworld, and are experiencing PTSD symptoms, we may be able to help. For a free consultation, call us at (832) 592-1108, text us at (832) 413-1428, or fill out our contact form.

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