Generalized anxiety disorder
GAD is the most common form of chronic anxiety disorder that involves feelings of stress, worry, and fear about life’s general situations, events, and objects. People suffering from this disorder cannot identify the specific reason behind their anxiety.
People with GAD can suffer from the following symptoms:
Feeling wound up, restless, and on edge
Sleeplessness or trouble falling asleep
Difficulty in concentrating
Having headaches, stomach aches, muscle aches, and unexplained aches and pains
Having persistent, uncontrollable feelings of worry and stress
These disorders typically involve sudden intense bouts of terror and apprehension leading to physical symptoms like sweating, dizziness, shaking, nausea, and breathing difficulties. Panic attacks can occur suddenly and peak rapidly in about 10 minutes. Sometimes, it can last for hours.
You can experience a panic disorder after a frightening incident, like an auto injury, or a period of prolonged stress. Sometimes it can happen without any specific trigger, making the person feel like they have a life-threatening illness. A sudden panic attack can cause the person to make drastic behavior changes to avoid future attacks.
People having panic disorders can have the following symptoms:
Breathlessness and sweating
A pounding or racing heart
A tingling or trembling sensation
The feeling of being out of control
A persistent feeling of impending doom
Anxiety after a car accident
If you were in a car accident, you are likely to develop anxiety symptoms that may linger long after your physical injuries have healed. For many individuals, being in a car accident can cause long-term phobias and anxiety about driving or riding in a car.
For car accident survivors, there are many factors other than the seriousness of the auto accident that can determine the degree of anxiety suffered by the individual concerned, such as:
Where the individual believes that their life is in danger
Previous experience of a car-related injury
Where the individual is involved in ongoing litigation regarding a car accident
After a car accident, an individual can suffer from one or more anxiety symptoms like:
Heart palpitation, chest pain, and nausea;
Dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath;
Irritability, restlessness, and trouble concentrating
Car accident survivors need to be treated for anxiety right away, or else they might develop serious symptoms of vehophobia, or fear of driving. Such people can stop driving altogether as the anxiety of driving can become too overwhelming without suitable treatment.
Individuals involved in auto accidents can develop other anxiety symptoms like:
Having repeated flashbacks of the accident
Having a fear of repeating the same accident over again
Feeling nervous or anxious about passing the accident site
Having severe anxiety and suicidal thoughts
Experiencing blackouts, nightmares, and severe physical distress
Car accidents that are especially violent and damaging can create severe car-related phobias among the survivors that may require specialized treatment to avoid the worsening of their mental condition.