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Can a car accident give you PTSD?

On Behalf of | Apr 17, 2022 | Car Accidents

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can result from numerous events, including violent assaults, disasters, and long-term abuse. Major car accidents can also result in PTSD, which may affect the victim for weeks, months, or even years after the event.

If you are feeling out of sorts after an accident, you should schedule an appointment with a doctor or counselor to discuss the issue. Here are some other tips to help you navigate this stressful experience.

Signs of PTSD after an accident

Most people experience some level of anxiety, guilt, or anger after a car accident. Under normal circumstances, these feelings would eventually fade as you recover. When PTSD is a factor, the effects are often prolonged.

Feelings also become a lot more intense when a person experiences trauma after a damaging collision. You may experience excessive worry, to the point where it interferes with your life. You may also experience repeated memories of the event, even when you do not want to remember. Many people with collision-related PTSD feel anxious when driving or riding in a vehicle, which can lead to them shunning transportation altogether.

What you can do to address the issue

Along with visiting a medical professional, you should also share your anxiety and worries with your loved ones. Their support is integral to accepting your feelings and striving toward recovery. While it is often difficult, try to lead your life as you would normally. Spend time with friends, keep up with work obligations, and pursue your hobbies to get your mind off the event.

If you have concerns about driving in the future, consider taking a defensive driving class. Defensive driving techniques can help you avoid accidents and remain safe behind the wheel. Expanding your knowledge will build your confidence as a driver, which will then soothe your anxieties.


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