Post-traumatic stress disorder appears in the headlines frequently these days, usually in the context of military service and assault. However, you risk PTSD every time you enter your vehicle.
PTSD develops in those who experience trauma, typically from a shocking or dangerous event. While fear naturally occurs in traumatic situations, when combined with shock, trauma occurs. What we understand now, this can happen in a number of occurrences, including car accidents.
Car accidents and PTSD
Once you understand the causes of PTSD, it becomes much easier to realize how PTSD occurs to car accident victims. Crashes shock and hurt you, so post-traumatic stress can occur.
Not all car accidents cause post-traumatic stress
After a car accident, expect shock and anxiety. It is normal. However, if those feelings do not go away, and it begins affecting your life, it might be post-traumatic stress.
Common signs of PTSD
How you interact with vehicles and sleep are the two biggest signs of PTS and PTSD. How do you feel when you drive? Does the anxiety cripple you? Do you find it hard to breathe while driving, or are you in constant fear of every car? If so, then you likely are experiencing PTSD.
What do I do?
First, tell your attorney about your experience. Your PTSD should be included in your damage calculations regarding pain and suffering.
Second, get help. If you do not have health insurance, ask your attorney. They may be able to help you find assistance. If you have insurance, call them about your mental health benefits. Getting therapy as soon as you experience PTSD can help you mitigate the car accident trauma.