When you suffer from a car accident, the impacts from the incident aren’t only physical. Emotional distress also derives from any form of physical injury or trauma. The emotional pain and suffering following such incidents can be immense. If such distress is not treated properly and promptly, it can result in development of serious psychological conditions.
Following are a number of emotional problems you may end up encountering after a seriously traumatic car accident.
In some cases, being in a car accident causes an irrational fear. In fact, you may end up experiencing a great deal of anxiety about getting behind the wheel again. For some, the fear of being in another accident is the cause for their aversion to being behind the wheel once more. Meanwhile, another accident victim might fear that while driving they will suffer a dangerous panic attack rooted in the past accident.
When this kind of fear is left untreated, the person’s anxiety can grow. If allowed to worsen, it may permanently discourage a person from ever driving again.
It is possible for a person to suffer from a form of depression following a car accident. After all, you also end up experiencing emotional trauma as a result of physical trauma.
There are several symptoms of depression that you may easily recognize. These include troubles with sleeping, losing your appetite, and headaches. As it gets worse, however, you may end up feeling sad or hopeless all the time. And if it is left untreated, you may even end up experiencing suicidal thoughts, or find yourself thinking about death constantly.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
It is highly possible for motor vehicle accident victims to suffer from traumatic stress. In fact, the National Center For PTSD said that as much as 9 percent of accident survivors end up suffering from PTSD. Moreover, at least 14 percent of motor vehicle accident survivors who seek mental health treatment are experiencing PTSD.
Emotional problems following a car accident are a serious matter. Fortunately, there are ways to treat it without the use of drugs, which risk addictions. In fact, experts note that a proper chiropractic adjustment can lead to a significant improvement in the mind-body stress component of a patient’s overall health.
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