Interview smarter – interviewing people with PTSD – part 1

By Susanna Speier
Denver Private Investigator Blogger

When working on legal cases for victims of accidents, private investigators are sometimes required to interview individuals suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  In some cases, individuals suffering from PTSD might behave the same way individuals who are not suffering from PTSD behave during an interview, however in other cases they might exhibit noticeably distinct symptoms such as increased agitation.

This is because, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) someone with “PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they’re no longer in danger.” It is important to bear in mind that PTSD is a neurological condition and that “the person who develops PTSD may have been the one who was harmed, them harm may have happened to a loved one or the person may have witnessed a harmful event that happened to loved one or strangers.” In is therefore in a private investigator’s best interest to learn how to recognize and navigate PTSD symptoms when conducting interviews with victims of accidents and other serious personal injuries for legal cases as well as with witnesses.

Despite the growing number of information and research being done on PTSD, it wasn’t easy to find online material advising private investigators or even lawyers on best practices when interviewing people with PTSD. As PTSD can sometimes impair speech and memory, however, this is certainly relevant to — More—


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