Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Following an Accident

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Thursday, July 21, 2016


Many people feel shock and pain immediately after an accident, while others don’t feel an impact until a few days later. Many also fall victim to post-traumatic stress disorder after being involved in an accident.

Some of the PTSD symptoms include:

  • Shock
  • Difficulty believing what happened
  • Anger
  • Nervousness or anxiety
  • Fear
  • Uneasiness
  • Paranoia
  • Guilt

Many have trouble putting it aside to move on with their lives. Sometimes, these feelings can be so strong that they keep you from living a normal life after the accident.

Sometimes, victims may have trouble distinguishing between normal and abnormal emotions they may experience after an accident. Normally, the symptoms listed above fade over the few weeks to follow. However, some people’s feelings may get stronger and have difficulty disappearing, which can change the way a person thinks and acts. This indicates symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder:

  • A persistent, general feeling of uneasiness
  • Problems driving or riding in vehicles
  • Not wanting to have medical tests or procedures done
  • Irritability, excessive worry, or anger
  • Nightmares or trouble sleeping
  • A feeling that you’re not connected to other events or people
  • Ongoing memories of the accident that you can’t stop or control

What you can do to cope with your emotions after being involved in an accident:

  • Talk to friends, family, and counselors- they’re all people who care and will try to help you through your struggle. Speak about the details of the accident and how you thought, felt and acted after the accident and the days that followed.
  • Exercise often and take part in activities, so as long as you don’t put stress on your body if you are injured.
  • Go to your medical visits. Staying consistent with treatment is important and ensuring you are doing well is essential to prevent further complications and stress.
  • It’s important to try to get back to your usual activities, even if you’re uncomfortable or scared at first.

You can lower your risk of future accidents or injuries by driving carefully, wearing your seat belt at all times and avoid any distractions. Don’t drive if you have had alcohol or taken drugs or medicines that affect your judgment. Do not drive tired. We learn from our mistakes.

If you or a loved one has been injured in car accident and is experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress, call us at 1-800-Injured so we can get you in touch with excellent legal representation and medical facility.