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How to Handle the Emotional Impact of an Auto Accident

Mar 20, 2019

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How to Handle the Emotional Impact of an Auto Accident

Taking Care of Your Mental Health After a Car Accident

A car accident not only impacts yourphysical health, but it can affect your mental well-being, too. All too often,those who are involved in car accidents are only concerned about their physicalinjuries. The psychological trauma should be addressed, too.

In the days and weeks following a carwreck, many victims experience a rollercoaster of emotions, including shock,disbelief, anger, worry, fear, sadness, and confusion. These feelings shouldsubside and get easier to manage over time, although this isn't always thecase. If you have trouble managing emotions after a car accident, you may beexperiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For somevictims, PTSD symptoms occur right away after a crash, for others, it developsover weeks or months after the initial trauma.

If you are struggling with mentalemotions after a car accident, it is wise to seek help. You should ask yourprimary care physician for a referral to see a mental health professional ifyou are unable to cope. Don't ignore psychological symptoms ' ask for help.  If you are experiencing any of the followingsymptoms after a car accident, consider seeking help:

  • Increasedanxiety
  • Irritabilityor excessive anger
  • Persistentnightmares or dreams about the accident
  • Lack of focus
  • Unmanageablefear of driving or riding in cars
  • Feelingemotionally disconnected
  • Difficultyeating or sleeping
  • Relying ondrugs or alcohol to cope
  • Thoughts ofhurting yourself or others

Although these types of seriousemotional impacts can seem overwhelming, treatment is available and recovery ispossible.

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