Emotional Traumas Caused by Auto Accidents in California
Being involved in a car accident can result in various physical injuries, some minor and others far more serious. Along with those physical injuries that require medical treatment, there is often a notable mental or emotional impact that is capable of having a long-lasting effect, possibly even after the body’s physical injuries have healed. It is essential to your overall health to keep a watchful eye on the unfolding of any emotional trauma that you notice after an auto accident. Therapy for these emotional traumas is available and can go a long way to improving not only your overall mental health but your daily perspective regarding your life as well. Keep reading to find out the different ways in which a car accident can impact your mental and emotional health and how you can stop it from affecting your life.
Emotional Trauma Symptoms
After you have been involved in a car accident, a doctor will be able to evaluate any physical injuries that you may have sustained, but you also need to be aware of any emotional indications that you may be suffering from certain anxiety disorders that sometimes suddenly show up after being involved in a car accident.
- Intrusive thoughts: Recurring nightmares or Involuntary, distressing thoughts
- Negative mood: Failure to experience normal, positive emotions
- Dissociative symptoms: Time appears to slow down, you feel like you are watching yourself from outside of your body, you feel numb, or like you are constantly in a daze
- Avoidance: An incapacity or outright unwillingness to think or talk about anything related to the traumatic event
- Arousal symptoms: Difficulty falling asleep, concentration issues, irritable behavior
Other types of anxiety can also present themselves in other ways, such as:
- Feeling nervous, restless, or tense
- An imminent feeling of doom
- Noticeably increased heart rate even when at rest
- Sweating for no apparent reason
- Trembling or shaking for no apparent reason
- Gastrointestinal problems that were not previously present
If symptoms such as these have started to interfere with your everyday life, or persist for more than a few days, it is time to seek the help of a mental health professional.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a severe anxiety disorder that can rear its ugly head after a traumatic event takes place. While many people associate post-traumatic stress disorder with soldiers coming home after serving in active duty, the truth is that it can occur in a lot of different situations, including in people who have endured a bad car accident. PTSD can impact not only those who have been in serious accidents but people who were not severely injured can experience these symptoms after a car accident as well.
If you are noticing unusual emotional traits in yourself that you suspect might have been caused by your car accident, it is imperative to take these warning signs seriously and get help. Your next step should be to contact a personal injury attorney so that you can begin building a claim. Here at the Los Angeles Injury Group, we have the knowledge and the experience to seek the maximum amount of compensation that you can receive in accordance with the law. We will help you build your legal claim from the ground up and stand by you from beginning to end. For a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys, call us at (310) 954-7248 today.