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.
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.
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 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.
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.
In over a decade of legal practice, Attorney Michael Redenburg began his career defending cases for the clients of insurance companies. Initially defending no-fault claims at a Long Island-based law firm, he then moved on to a Manhattan-based firm where he defended the clients of insurance carriers in an auto accident and premises liability matters.