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How can a dog bite attack mentally affect you?

Illinois residents like you who have been attacked by dogs may end up with severe physical damage. While many people focus on these physical injuries and how to care for and recover from them, the mental wounds that an attack can inflict on you are spoken of less frequently.

Healthline takes a gruesome look at the life of a victim of a dog bite attack who suffered from symptoms close to those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In fact, many studies have shown that victims of dog bite attacks can and do suffer from PTSD as well. PTSD symptoms can manifest in an aversion to dogs of all shapes or sizes. Some have such an intense negative reaction that they become afraid to even go outside for fear of running into a dog.

The suffering that these victims face can last anywhere from months to years, or even an entire lifetime. Getting therapy can help, but it's also a process that can take years to work through. There are ups and downs, plenty of frustrations, and the road to recovery isn’t hurdle-free. Going through mental and emotional therapy in addition to medical and physical therapy can also cost you a large sum.

If you have been the victim of a dog bite attack and were left with severe physical and mental scars because of it, consider talking to an attorney who specializes in handling bite injuries and animal attacks. They may be able to help you seek the compensation you deserve.

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