PTSD After a Car Accident

When you think of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you may imagine someone coming back from war. While many veterans do experience PTSD, it is not limited to wartime situations. Anyone who has experienced a traumatic event can experience the symptoms.

Nearly 10% of car accident victims are affected by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following their car accident. Car accidents cause not only physical injuries but emotional and mental injuries as well, including PTSD.

PTSD is becoming more common in today’s society. Single-accident trauma can lead to PTSD. Even those involved in car accidents may suffer from the symptoms of rage, depression, insomnia, and bad memories. PTSD involves specific symptoms and while it is a serious condition, it can be treated.

Understanding PTSD 

PTSD is a medical condition related to mental and emotional health that may occur in some victims after a traumatizing or violent event. Some soldiers and victims of crimes suffer from PTSD, as well as those who are in car accidents. Some signs that you may be suffering from PTSD after a car accident could include: 

  • Terror or fear
  • Anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • Feeling of helplessness
  • Extreme anger, and acting violently 
  • Car accident flashbacks
  • Hallucinations or nightmares
  • Loss of memory 
  • Specific avoidance of anything that would be a reminder of the car accident. 

PTSD is a medical condition that can be severe and life-altering. PTSD must be diagnosed by a doctor or other medical professional. While every person is likely to be upset and overwhelmed after a car accident, PTSD symptoms last for a longer period of time and affect the victim to the extent that they are unable to live a normal life.

Symptoms of PTSD

Those who suffer from PTSD continually experience flashbacks and negative memories of the event. They often feel scared and anxious because they are replaying the event over and over in their head. As a result, they may experience constant headaches and panic attacks.
PTSD can also lead to avoidance. You may avoid anything having to do with the traumatic event. You may even avoid people who were not involved in the event, which can lead to isolation.

You may also experience changes in behavior. You may act with rage or exhibit irrational behavior. You may become more aggressive. You may find it hard to concentrate or sleep.

PTSD also causes mood swings. You may feel happy and then start to feel upset once you think about the car accident. Your mind may be filled with negative thoughts. You may feel guilty or ashamed about what happened. You may feel depressed and even suicidal. You may have little interest in friends and family.

Treating PTSD

Treating PTSD can be a challenge but it is possible. At first, a person will avoid certain activities associated with the event. For example, a car accident victim may avoid cars, causing them to become isolated. But with the right treatment, a PTSD sufferer can reclaim their life.

While PTSD is a severe medical condition, you need not suffer for life with this diagnosis and this medical condition. Many treatments are available for those who suffer from PTSD after a car accident, including therapy, medication or a combination of both. However, if you were injured in a car accident and suffer from PTSD, you have the right to receive compensation for not only your physical injuries but for your emotional injuries as well, including treatment for PTSD.

Communication and emotional support are crucial. When the issue is acute, a doctor will help the victim feel normal by letting them know that being anxious about certain things is to be expected. Behavioral triggers can help manage one’s anxiety by finding out their triggers. A person who has been in a car accident can be taught to shift her thoughts so she is no longer worrying about what might happen in the car. Prompt treatment is essential, since the problem only gets worse the longer a person waits.

PTSD is a real condition and should not be considered a sign of weakness. A person who experiences the symptoms above should contact a mental health professional for treatment.

Contact a New York Car Accident Attorney Today

Car accidents can cause a variety of emotional and physical damages, but many people overlook the possibility of PTSD. PTSD is a very real and very serious mental health condition that can affect a person in numerous ways.

If you are suffering from PTSD after a car accident, discuss this with New York car accident attorney Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. He can refer you to medical professionals who can assess how PTSD has affected your life and help you recover compensation for your damages. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling directly at 212-518-2095 or going online.