While anyone who goes through a serious crash does need to be examined for physical injuries, it’s also important for people to know that they could have psychological injuries as well. Combined with the pain of serious injuries and trauma, it is possible to have psychological injuries that limit your ability to enjoy your life or move forward and adapt to new problems you’re dealing with as a result of the collision.
An auto collision is a serious, traumatic event. It is not surprising that many victims develop behavior changes, depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder. Seeing yourself or those you love suffer serious injuries or pass away takes a toll on your mental health.
It’s important to acknowledge mental health after a crash
As a victim of a crash, it’s necessary for you to receive all the support you need to recover. That includes receiving support if you’re struggling with your mental health. Whether you’re dealing with depression because you’re unable to do the things you enjoy or you’re anxious about getting into another collision, you should have the therapies and supports you need to help you as you go through these challenges.
Among the mental health concerns that people have after crashes, one of the most common and serious is post-traumatic stress disorder. It may not develop right away, but if you start having symptoms, you do need to seek treatment.
Some of the common signs of PTSD may include:
- Avoiding driving because of flashbacks or high anxiety
- Avoiding the place where an accident happened
- Struggling with anger management
- Feeling isolated
- Having night terrors
There are treatments available for the mental health concerns that may arise after a serious auto accident. Talk therapy, EMDR and other options could help you deal with PTSD and get you feeling better sooner.
You deserve financial support after a crash
When you make a personal injury claim, you can also seek compensation for the care you need for your mental health, so you have the compensation to see a therapist, try medical treatments and take care of yourself both physically and mentally.