Major accidents can be so traumatic, and they can damage you not just physically and financially, but mentally and emotionally as well. While it is normal to feel anxious or stressed days or weeks after an accident, some may have troubles coping even months or years after an accident. If symptoms of anxiety, stress and trauma caused by a traumatic event do not get better months after an accident, and if these symptoms interfere with your daily activities, you might be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
The website of the LaMarca Law Group, P.C. says that although car accidents are considered among the primary reasons for PTSD, other traumatic events may cause this behavioral condition, such as an animal attack, or a traumatic incident at work or in someone else’s property. Your risk of PTSD also increases with family history, previous life experiences (such as childhood),
According to the website of McCutchen & Sexton – The Law Firm, having a PTSD after a traumatic car accident could affect how you perform your day-to-day activities. Symptoms of PTSD are generally categorized into four groups, namely:
- Intrusive symptoms – Memories of the traumatic event recurs in the form of thoughts, nightmares, and flashbacks. The person might feel emotionally distress or react physically when reminded of the traumatic incident.
- Avoidance symptoms – The patient with PTSD tries not to remember the even and anything associated with it. He may choose to stay away from things or people that remind him of the accident. As such, he may feel that certain activities are not as enjoyable as they were before.
- Hyperarousal symptoms – A person may show extreme behavior (i.e. outburst of anger, depression, irritability etc.). He may also engage in self-destructive behavior (abusing substances, drinking too much, committing crimes etc.).
- Symptoms of negative thinking and mood – A person with PTSD may find it difficult to make new friends and maintain old ones. He may also show lack of interest in the future, and may tend to be careless in his personal and professional growth.
If you have recently been involved in a traumatic accident and if one or more of these symptoms continue to haunt you months after the event, or if you feel that it is disrupting your everyday life, consult with your doctor right away for an accurate PTSD assessment.