Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition developed in an individual when they experience a traumatic event. Symptoms consist of unwanted flashbacks and thoughts, physical responses, depressed mood, and severe anxiety. Those symptoms are commonly associated with peritraumatic dissociative disorder (PDD) in which a person experiences depersonalization. PTSD is commonly associated with combat; however, a common cause amongst civilians is motor-vehicle accidents (MVA). It is difficult to live with PTSD especially if left untreated. This can lead to the development of greater depersonalization. The purpose of this review is to explore the physiological measurements of PTSD in MVA victims, misdiagnosis and comorbidity, and treatment. By looking into these areas, more effective and accurate diagnosis could be produced leading to more appropriate treatment for patients with PTSD experiencing dissociation.

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