Despite being a careful driver, you’ve been involved in a collision recently. The accident wasn’t your fault, another road user just wasn’t paying attention.
You’ve been diagnosed with some physical injuries and the doctor has given you an expected recovery time. However, you notice that you don’t feel like the same person emotionally either. Car crashes can also impact your mental health, and here’s how:
Depression and anxiety
You’ve had a shock and you’ve also had to come to terms with the fact that you’re going to be immobile for a while. This type of trauma can result in depression and anxiety.
You may become prone to mood swings. You might lose interest in the things that you used to enjoy and your sleep pattern could be impacted. There may also be occasions where you are overcome with anxiety and do not want to leave the house because you feel scared.
Depression and anxiety after an accident are common, and symptoms can vary. What’s important is that you seek medical help if you do not feel like yourself.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is another mental health condition that individuals who have been involved in collisions commonly suffer from. Again, the symptoms vary from person to person, but nightmares, flashbacks, intense depression and anxiety are all relatively common among sufferers.
If you were caught up in a collision that was caused by negligence, then you may be entitled to compensation. It’s important to remember that this compensation can be for both physical and mental suffering. Having legal guidance behind you will give you a better idea of your options.