With thinking about the thousands of car accidents that occur every year, sometimes we forget that each crash affects both the body and mind. This includes more than traumatic brain injuries.
When discussing car accidents, mental health is often left out. But motor vehicle accidents can seriously affect your mental health.
Emotional trauma extremely common
Think about your last car accident. Does that memory give you anxiety? Do you remember the shock of the impact? What about the worry, fear and nervousness that followed, even if the accident was not your fault? These feelings are normal and common, and they usually go away immediately or over the coming weeks or months.
Everyone does not make a quick recovery
Unfortunately, not everyone experiences time’s healing effects. Instead, after a car crash, they may develop severe restlessness and an inability to go to sleep or stay asleep. Nightmares may repeat the accident over and over again. And, as this progresses, your anxiety around driving could become debilitating.
Others may start to notice the change as well
Without help, this post-traumatic stress can lead you down a dark path. As your trauma continues to compound, you could experience panic attacks, mood swings, irritability and other changes in your behavior. And, those around you may start noticing that you are becoming a much different person post-accident.
Post-traumatic stress is treatable
Once you start experiencing these symptoms, contact your doctor, health insurance company and your lawyer immediately. They can help you get the PTS treatment you need to move on with your life. And, your Montana attorney can make sure you are not the one ultimately paying to get your mental health back.