Following a car accident, you may not feel like yourself. Not only do you have to deal with the physical effects, but the trauma can manifest in different ways.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, over seven million car accidents happen every year in the U.S. The injuries you can sustain from a motor vehicle accident range from mild to severe, life-altering injuries. In addition to physical injuries, a collision can have a detrimental impact on your mental health.
What are the symptoms of emotional distress after an accident?
Some people do not expect a car accident to become a traumatic experience. They believe that trauma comes from more disturbing incidents. However, a car accident can traumatize drivers, passengers and even bystanders. Most people experience emotional distress after an accident.
You may become more fearful, particularly around cars, have nightmares of the accident or fall into depression and anxiety. Over time, the fear might become worse and it can interfere with your ability to function in everyday life. When the distress forces you to neglect your basic needs, you may have post-traumatic stress disorder.
How can you fight PTSD?
To fight PTSD, you have to try to care for your basic needs. Eating healthily, bathing regularly and exercising can help you return to your former schedule. Rely on a support system of friends and family to help you remain social. A mental health professional can help you learn how to fight your fears and resume your life.
When you have PTSD, it can affect your ability to earn an income and care for yourself.