What do you know about experiencing PTSD after an auto accident?

After your recent car collision, you thought only your vehicle sustained damage, but now you feel differently. Rather than physical harm, did the accident inflict psychological harm as post-traumatic stress disorder?

The American Academy of Family Physicians explores how motor vehicle accidents may trigger PTSD. Find out whether to seek compensation from the at-fault driver.

Differentiating normal emotions and overwhelming emotions

You expect to feel rattled and nervous following a car accident, but when do expected emotions cross over and become overwhelming and traumatic? If your accident happened several days ago and your restlessness, anxiety and shock intensified rather than abated, you could have PTSD brought about by the incident. Additional symptoms of PTSD associated with car collisions include uncontrollable flashbacks to the accident, lingering unease and feeling anxious about being in a car.

Overcoming trauma

While tending to the legal aspect of your ordeal, take action on reclaiming your psychological health. See a therapist to understand more about PTSD and learn healthy coping strategies. Engage in physical exercise and activities that you enjoy to help improve your mental and physical health. Make an appointment with your doctor for an accurate diagnosis of your condition or a referral to another professional. Try to get back to your regular routine, including driving if you feel comfortable. To increase your chances of avoiding another motor vehicle accident, enroll in a defensive driving course. Do not forget the basics of car safety, including wearing your seatbelt, driving without distraction and following the rules of the road.

Do not dismiss your thoughts and emotions after an auto accident. You did not sustain physical harm, but that does not mean you do not have a legal case.

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