A car accident can be one of the most traumatic events a person experiences in their life. It’s not unusual to suffer emotional injuries as well as physical ones. Often, these emotional injuries take longer to recognize. If they aren’t dealt with, they can stay with you long after your physical injuries have healed.
The most common emotional injuries that people experience after a crash are:
- Sleep issues
- Memory loss
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Many people experience anxiety and other symptoms of emotional trauma after a crash. It’s common for memories of the crash to consume your thoughts. You may be going over in your head what you could have done to prevent it, even if it wasn’t your fault. You may have trouble sleeping or even experience nightmares about the crash.
Often, it’s difficult to get back behind the wheel after an accident. Some people have trouble even being a passenger in a car for a time.
However, if these problems don’t start to subside or even become worse, it’s best to seek help. Negative feelings can feed on each other and consume you.
Talking to family and friends can be therapeutic. However, after a time, they probably can no longer make you feel less anxious. It may be time to see a psychologist or other mental health professional who has the tools to identify your symptoms and treat them.
If you’re seeking compensation from an at-fault driver for your injuries, don’t neglect to consider that you may need psychological as well as medical treatment. It’s perfectly common and understandable if a crash left you traumatized. An experienced attorney can help you seek the compensation you need to heal both your body and mind after a crash.