A car accident can result in severe physical injuries that could leave you paralyzed, in constant pain, and unable to live independently for a significant period of time. While these injuries will probably be visible, you should also pay close attention to the injuries that are not visible, since these can be equally debilitating. Almost all car accident victims experience some level of trauma, and the brain responds to trauma in notable ways.
You may feel that since the accident happened, you feel as though you are a different person, and you have a new, more sinister view of the world. You may have trouble believing that the accident really happened in some moments, but in others, you may feel consumed by darkness, hopelessness, or worry. It’s important that you always seek guidance from a mental health professional after a car accident so you can ensure that your mental health is treated as seriously as your physical health. The following are three common mental health issues that are experienced after a car accident.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is common among car crash survivors. It can occur whenever a traumatic event is experienced. Symptoms include recurrent thoughts and flashbacks, the avoidance of people and places that remind you of the crash, and you may find that you feel constantly alert and hyper-vigilant.
Anxiety can be suffered in mild or severe forms. You may feel fine, and then suffer a powerful panic attack out of nowhere, for example. Alternatively, you may constantly feel a low level of anxiety to the point that you never feel that you can escape the feeling and relax.
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
MDD is also common in car crash survivors. You may feel fatigued, guilty or unable to enjoy life.
It is important that you seek medical help if you experience any symptoms of mental health disorders. These disorders are highly treatable. If you have been involved in a car accident, gaining back damages could help you to pay for therapy and counseling.