If you’ve been in a car accident, you know it can be traumatic. The experience can be very frightening and overwhelming.
As we’ve discussed before, when you’ve been through a difficult experience, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be the result. Long after physical wounds fade, the wounds to your psyche can continue. Here’s what you should know about this disorder:
What are the symptoms of PTSD?
PTSD is a mental health condition that can develop after someone experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. While PTSD can occur in anyone, it is most common in people who have experienced military combat, natural disasters, or sexual assault.
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of PTSD. Symptoms of this mental health condition may include:
- Re-experiencing the event (through intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, and nightmares)
- Avoidance (of places, people, and activities that trigger memories of the event),
- Negative changes in mood and thinking (such as feeling hopeless, guilty, or detached from other people)
- Changes in physical and emotional reactions (such as being easily startled or feeling on edge)
For some people, these symptoms may be mild and resolve on their own. However, the symptoms can be more severe and long-lasting for others, making it hard to work, socialize, and take care of your daily responsibilities.
PTSD can also lead to substance abuse and other mental health problems. If you’re struggling with PTSD, it’s vital to seek professional help. Treatment can involve therapy, medication, and other interventions.
If you or a loved one has been in a catastrophic car accident and cannot work or enjoy daily activities due to PTSD, you will want to explore your legal options. You may be able to receive compensation for your pain and suffering and loss of income.