14 Sep Post Traumatic Stress Disorder After an Accident
Psychological problems are not uncommon after a car accident. In fact, research suggests that as many as 80 percent of people involved in a car accident will experience some form of psychological distress in the weeks or months following the accident. Common psychological problems after a car accident include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders.
PTSD is a type of anxiety disorder that can develop after someone has been through a traumatic event. The event doesn’t have to be life-threatening, but it does need to have caused the person to feel fear, horror, or helplessness. For example, a car accident that results in serious injuries or even death is certainly a traumatic event. However, even a relatively minor car accident can be traumatic if it was accompanied by feelings of fear, horror, or helplessness.
Symptoms of PTSD
PTSD can occur immediately after the traumatic event, or it may not develop until months or even years later. Common symptoms include:
A flashback is when you relive the trauma over and over again, often with intrusive thoughts or images. It can feel like the trauma is happening all over again. Flashbacks can be triggered by anything that reminds you of the original event. They can happen without warning and can be very distressing.
Avoiding anything that reminds you of the trauma, including people, places, and activities may be a symptom of PTSD. However, avoidance is a symptom that can make your condition worse. When you avoid reminders of what happened, it can be harder to come to terms with the experience and move on.
- Negative changes in mood and thinking
Feeling depressed, anxious, or angry all the time, having negative beliefs about yourself or the world around you, and feeling hopeless about the future may be an indication of PTSD. Depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions are treatable, and there are many resources available to you. Don’t hesitate to ask for help if you’re feeling overwhelmed or struggling to cope.
- Changes in physical and emotional reactions
Being easily startled or scared; having trouble sleeping or concentrating; feeling on edge all the time; feeling like you’re in danger, even when you’re not; being jumpy or easily annoyed; feeling hopeless or helpless, and having low energy all the time are some changes in physical and emotional reactions associated with PTSD. These changes can be hard to cope with, but there are things you can do to help yourself feel better.
If you are struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder after a car accident, it is important to seek professional help. Colorado Car and Accident doctors are available to help you cope with the psychological aftermath of a car accident. With help, you can move on from the accident and live a happy, healthy life.
If you’re worried about the cost of medical treatment, remember that many auto insurance policies include coverage for medical expenses following an accident. If you have any questions about your policy or what it covers, contact your insurer or agent.