Being in a traffic accident can be a traumatic experience. One can be haunted by the sights, sounds and smells of a traffic accident long after it occurs. It is important to seek the medical attention necessary to heal the physical body after an accident. However, it is equally important to find healthy ways to heal the mind and emotions.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 36,096 lives were lost in traffic accidents on American roadways in 2019. Trauma after an accident not only affects those that were involved in the accident, but also the family members that lost their loved ones. The mental and emotional impact of an accident should be dealt with in a healthy manner.
Negative effects of a car accident
Many people struggle to readjust after an accident. Feelings may include shock, guilt, nervousness, anxiety, anger and general disbelief that this has happened.
What are some signs of PTSD?
In more severe cases, some may experience temporary or permanent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Here are some signs and symptoms of PTSD:
- A general and ongoing feeling of uneasiness
- Anxiety about getting back behind the wheel or even being a passenger
- A feeling of being disconnected from friends and family
- Recurring memories of the event during waking hours
- Recurring nightmares about the accident at night
- Being irritable or having anger issues
These are just a few examples of the effects of PTSD. Each person is different and may manifest their symptoms in a myriad of ways.
If suffering after an accident, it is important to know that you are not alone. Reach out for help if you are feeling that your emotions are uncontrollable, especially if you are having thoughts of suicide. Therapy can help, as well as talking to loved ones to work through the trauma.
It can also be helpful to have professional guidance that is experienced in personal injury to help make sure that rights are protected after a car accident.