It can take a long time to heal from the physical injuries after a car accident. But a crash is a traumatic experience that can leave you rattled both physically and emotionally. In fact, many Georgians who suffer an injury in a car accident often face further risks to their mental health in the long run as well.
This is not true for everyone after a car crash. However, it is still critical that everyone understands the risk of developing mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a car crash.
When is PTSD a risk after a car accident?
Many people might believe that the risk of PTSD only exists after a catastrophic crash. This is not true.
Several studies found that the severity of an accident did not necessarily impact the risk of PTSD. These studies determined that individuals who feared that their life was in danger during the accident faced the highest risk of developing PTSD.
However, a recent study also found that individuals who suffer traumatic brain injuries, such as those from a car accident, might also face more risks of PTSD as well.
Signs of PTSD to look out for
PTSD often appears long after the accident. That is why you and your loved ones should understand the warning signs of PTSD, including:
- Avoidance: It is common for individuals experiencing PTSD to go to great lengths to avoid driving or even riding in cars after a car accident. They might also take measures to avoid the location of the accident.
- Physical responses to emotions: Severe reactions to emotions are a common symptom of PTSD. For example, if you experience cold sweat, dizziness and a rapid heart rate when even thinking about getting into a car, this could be a sign of PTSD.
- Withdrawal: It is common for people struggling with PTSD and other mental health issues to withdraw from loved ones or even activities they used to enjoy. They might become a passive participant in their own life because they fear another accident or something else that could put their life in danger.
A car crash should not continue to impact your life, health and relationships with others. Compensation and mental health guidance are available to help individuals heal. While not everyone might experience such extreme emotional distress after a car accident, we cannot ignore the emotional impact of a car crash.