PTSD After A Serious Car Wreck
Written by Greg on September 12, 2015
Often traumatic events occur in our lives with little or no warning. Our focus, though, is the emotional aftermath of an automobile accident. First, let us consider what the defined psychological parameters of a traumatic event are. One source states that any or all of the following conditions must be present for an event to be traumatic:
- It happened unexpectedly.
- You were unprepared for it.
- You felt powerless to prevent it.
- It happened repeatedly.
- Someone was intentionally cruel.
- It happened in childhood.
Traffic accidents often incur many of the aforementioned circumstances. Depending on its severity and the aftermath, when an auto accident occurs, it could take a long while and a lot of support to get over the pain and feel safe again. In some cases, life is altered forever either because a victim has sustained a permanent physical injury or suffered through the loss of a loved one.
It’s often necessary and even cathartic to seek professional help to combat the emotional trauma. Should you be experiencing any of the following situations – it’s time to get outside help:
- Having trouble functioning at home or work.
- Suffering from severe fear, anxiety, or depression.
- Unable to form close, satisfying relationships.
- Experiencing terrifying memories, nightmares, or flashbacks.
- Avoiding more and more things that remind you of the trauma.
- Emotionally numb and disconnected from others.
- Using alcohol or drugs to feel better.
The Mayo Clinic defines post – traumatic stress disorder as a mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying event. As with many mental health conditions, posttraumatic stress disorder is a condition which is very complex and can affect some people and not others.
Mental health professionals will diagnose PTSD with a combination of signs and symptoms and also a psychological evaluation. After a serious injury or wrongful death car wreck, some people suffer from PTSD that affects their lives adversely.
While some medical professionals recommend psychotherapy, almost all mental health professionals recommend positive lifestyle steps such as getting enough rest, eating a healthy diet and reporting stimulants such as caffeine or nicotine.
Additionally, there are many support groups that can be recommended by a mental health professional which have been effective in helping people cope with their symptoms.
For further information about PTSD from a car wreck consult the help guide and as always…drive defensively.
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