Can a dog bite leave a psychological scar?

| Feb 13, 2020 | Personal Injury |

Texas is home to roughly 7.2 million dogs, which is more than any other state in the country. With so many dogs, it is inevitable that there is also a high rate of bite injuries. While the physical damage of a bite wound is often the focus, other damages are harder to pinpoint. Today we will look at potential psychological damages related to bite injuries.

Many victims of bite injuries suffer from emotional disturbances. This sometimes means exacerbated anxiety or depression in those who had it. In others, anxiety or depression may be a new affliction. In some cases, victims even developed symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dog bites are traumatic and violent attacks. They often scar victims in the same way that any violent attack from a human would.

Along those lines, some victims suffer from forms of agoraphobia. They become so frightened by the idea of running into a dog that they do not want to risk it. They choose to stay indoors and are in a constant state of fear or anxiety any time they leave the house. Needless to say, this is a major interference in a person’s quality of life.

Some people develop cynophobia, or a fear of dogs. Since there are so many dogs and dog owners in Texas, this also has the potential to be crippling. Agoraphobia is often a result of this fear.

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