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Post-traumatic stress disorder after a car wreck

On Behalf of | Oct 14, 2021 | Personal Injury |

Any car accident can have a negative impact on the victim’s life. The trauma is usually increased when the wreck is catastrophic. While most people focus on physical injuries, there are also mental health issues that can occur when a wreck causes emotional trauma.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is one possible issue that can creep up after a wreck, sometimes even after physical injuries heal. This can sometimes require intensive mental health care. Anyone who starts to show signs of PTSD should get help right away.

Why is PTSD a problem after a crash?

A crash is a harrowing time in a person’s life. Even when the crash isn’t severe, it’s still possible that the people involved will be very shaken up. Within the first months after the crash, they may start to notice some intense symptoms related to this condition. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Negative moods or thinking
  • Avoiding things related to the crash
  • Having intrusive memories or nightmares
  • Changes in how you react to situations

The symptoms of PTSD will often get more intense as time moves on. This is likely going to continue until you receive help for the condition. In extreme cases, people who have PTSD can’t work and are unable to enjoy their normal life. 

Anyone who’s been involved in a serious car crash is at risk of serious mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder. Addressing both the physical injuries and any mental health challenges associated with a wreck is necessary if you want to have the best recovery possible. Seeking compensation after a catastrophic wreck can help you to recover financially so that you aren’t left struggling to pay for the care you need.