Car accidents often lead to physical injuries, from whiplash to brain injuries. While physical injuries are very common, almost all those who are involved in car accidents go through some mental health issues too. Car accidents are extremely frightening experiences and many class their car accident as a near-death experience. Therefore, in the aftermath, many people struggle to process what happened.
If you have been involved in an accident and you are struggling emotionally in the weeks and months afterward, you should consider seeking professional help. By filing a lawsuit, you may also be able to gain back damages for the pain and mental suffering that was caused. The following are 3 common mental health issues after a car accident.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is a very common response to a traumatic experience. In addition to having recurring thoughts and flashbacks of the incident, sufferers also tend to avoid people, places, and activities that remind them of the traumatic event. They can be hyper-vigilant, paranoid, and constantly alert, and deal with both anxiety and depression because of this.
Anxiety can come in many different forms. It can involve panic attacks, sleep disorders, and physical symptoms such as headaches and dizziness.
Depression is also common after a car accident. Depression can include feeling constant fatigue, feelings of guilt and worthlessness, and a lack of enjoyment in activities.
If you are struggling mentally after being involved in a car accident, you should talk to a medical professional who can help you. By taking legal action, you may be able to gain damages for the pain and suffering you are going through.