Being involved in a motor vehicle accident is a stressful and scary experience. For some people, it could lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD can affect anyone who has been involved in a traumatic experience, including a car accident. Whether you were in a minor fender bender or a major accident, you may be at risk for developing PTSD.
RISK FACTORS FOR PTSD
There are several risk factors for PTSD:
- History of psychological difficulties or mental health problems
- Lack of emotional support following the accident
- History of other traumatic experiences
The more serious the crash, the greater the risk for developing PTSD. Particularly if the accident was fatal and you lost a loved one, you may suffer anxiety, depression, fear, and anger following the crash. However, even minor collisions could lead to PTSD.
SYMPTOMS & TREATMENT FOR PTSD
Common symptoms of PTSD include:
- Re-experiencing the accident in your mind
- Having nightmares about the crash
- Fear and anxiety
- Avoidance of thoughts, situations, or people associated with the accident
- Sleeping difficulties
- Absence of emotions or feelings of numbness
- Detachment from others
If you notice any of these symptoms after a car accident, it is important to get help right away. You shouldn’t have to suffer alone. Reaching out to friends and family and seeking treatment options could help you recover and move forward from the crash.
There are several treatment options available to those suffering from PTSD. Cognitive behavioral therapy, medications, supportive psychotherapy, and other forms of therapy and counseling can help you deal with the stress of the accident. Processing negative emotions, such as fear, anger, and anxiety, is also important. Having support from friends and family after an accident can help you deal with the stress in a healthy way.
IF YOU’VE BEEN INVOLVED IN A CAR ACCIDENT, CALL HARE WYNN TODAY AT 800-568-5330 FOR COMPASSIONATE REPRESENTATION
At Hare Wynn, we provide informative legal guidance to clients who have been injured by negligent or reckless drivers. Our personal injury attorneys are experienced, and will answer your questions and walk you through the legal process as you seek justice from those responsible. If you have PTSD, you have the right to pursue compensation for the emotional trauma and mental anguish you have suffered. We will discuss your options and help you seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
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