Heather Dubrow PTSD

Did Heather Dubrow Overreact With Her PTSD Claims After Accident?

Heather Dubrow was in complete shock after the dune buggy accident that aired on this week’s episode of The Real Housewives of Orange Count. The ladies were shocked that the accident happened so fast, and Vicki Gunvalson had to be airlifted to the hospital three hours away. Tamra Judge had plenty of guilt about the accident as she was the one driving the dune buggy. She felt guilty because someone could have died in the accident, but Heather and Kelly Dodd were clearly shaken after the roll-over. While Dubrow grabbed her phone to call their co-stars about the incident, Kelly felt it was better for her to pop open a beer to deal with her nerves.

According to a new Bravo report, Heather Dubrow has revealed that she was very shaken up by the entire accident, and it affected her for a while after returning home. While many of the Real Housewives of Orange County stars have hinted that Vicki might have over exaggerated her own injuries, it is possible that Heather used her PTSD diagnosis to make the accident worse than it was. But sadly, it sounds like Dubrow was, indeed, affected by the rollover.

“I was very nervous about watching this episode. It was very difficult to watch. I cried watching it. I cried watching my son in the other dune buggy saying to Kelly [Dodd’s] daughter, ‘Your mom and my mom are okay. They’re good. They’re okay,'” Heather Dubrow revealed to PEOPLE magazine about the accident, according to Bravo, adding, “It was very difficult to watch.”

Heather wasn’t the only person who struggled to relive the accident on The Real Housewives of Orange County. Gunvalson has revealed that it has been hard to relive the accident over the past couple of weeks as she was severely injured. In addition, she was all alone in the hospital and had to take an Uber home from the hospital in just her hospital gown as her clothes had to be cut off in the emergency room.

“I had post traumatic stress disorder for a few weeks after that. I was waking up in the middle of the night feeling my face fall in the sand. Because the way we hit, my head hit in the sand first,” Heather Dubrow explained about the situation, adding, “It was the scariest thing that ever happened to me.”


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For months, Heather has been vocal about her husband stepping up at home. She really wanted Terry Dubrow to slow down at work and start spending more time at home. He revealed that he didn’t feel bad about spending so much time away from the home, but the accident changed his mind a bit. He quickly realized that he could have lost his wife, Heather Dubrow, and he could have quickly become a single father to four children.

“It was very hard. What made it even harder is we actually had some friends recently that the same thing happened to and it didn’t turn out the good way,” Terry Dubrow revealed about balancing his work and his family after the accident, adding, “It really highlighted where it could have gone. It really underscores the fact, you know what, work less, get home, love your family and be with your family.”

It sounds like Heather’s PTSD didn’t just affect her, but Dubrow’s reaction to the crash impacted her entire family. Her husband now realizes how quickly life could change. Maybe this accident will get him to slow down at work and spend more time at home.

What do you think of Heather Dubrow’s PTSD comments? Are you surprised that the accident has influenced her family as much as it has?

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