How can dog bites emotionally impact victims?

On Behalf of | Mar 9, 2020 | personal injury

Many New York residents own dogs. Many people go their entire lives without having problems with dogs. Unfortunately, with every dog, there is another risk of a potential bite attack. Today we will look at how these attacks affect individuals.

Medical News Today looks at all matters related to dog bite attacks. This includes prevention, symptoms and more. Today we will be looking at the way bite attacks affect individuals on a mental level. People focus on the physical impact the most, but of course that is not the only way victims suffer. For example, many victims develop phobias. The top two most common ones are agoraphobia and cynophobia. Cynophobia is a fear of dogs and thus self-explanatory. Agoraphobia is a fear of leaving one’s home. Many victims develop this fear due to the sheer terror of thinking they may run into another dog outside.

Mental health issues may worsen. This includes depression and anxiety. New issues may come to light. For example, it is not uncommon for victims to develop post traumatic stress disorder. Sometimes these issues take years for a victim to work through.

The mental impact of bite injuries has the potential to affect a victim’s entire life. Many lose the ability to enjoy life to the fullest. Some risk losing their job because they are too afraid or depressed to leave the house. Victims who do not have a source of support often feel lost and hopeless. Recovery is a long road as well. For these reasons, it is important for bite victims to take every possible step toward recovery.