What are the Signs of PTSD after a Car Accident?
After any terrifying event—a car accident or near death experience—it is only natural to be frightened or stressed. These feelings, while initially debilitating, should subside in time. Yet for many injured accident victims, these feelings worsen and develop into a mental condition known as Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Without the right medical and psychiatric care, PTSD could cause serious harm.
It is important to remember that not all people who suffer PTSD are the victims themselves. In many situations, the person who caused the accident suffers from PTSD, as do bystanders who simply witnessed the crash. If you have already suffered a traumatic even in your life, you are at a greater risk for developing PTSD.
Signs of PTSD
There are numerous signs of post-traumatic stress disorder that are typically placed into 3 distinct categories:
- Reliving – these symptoms include anything that causes you to “relive” certain aspects of the traumatic event. This includes flashbacks, emotional triggers, hallucinations, and nightmares. Anything can serve as a trigger to bring back a flashback: a song playing on the radio, a color, a sound, or even the anniversary approaching.
- Avoiding – these symptoms include avoiding people, places, or any situation that reminds you of the event. PTSD victims usually begin to isolate themselves from those who love them. They may be unable to go to work, choose to not participate in family events, and even lose interest in the activities or hobbies they used to enjoy before the crash.
- Increased Arousal – these types of symptoms are a bit easier to recognize and include being “jumpy”, difficulty falling asleep, angry outbursts, difficulty concentrating, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and more
Young children who have been in a car accident should be monitored closely for signs of PTSD. Unlike adults, they may not understand what is happening to them. They may confuse nightmares with reality and begin to regress emotionally and socially. They may suffer from language delays or other developmental delays, or they may begin to act out in school. Temper tantrums and withdrawn behavior are signs to look for in children.
Contact an Aurora and Denver Car Accident Attorney
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident and is suffering from PTSD, it is important to speak to an experienced Denver car accident attorney immediately. At the law offices of John R. Fuller, P.C., we fight aggressively for our injured accident victims and their families. We understand the complications that can arise after a devastating accident and work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the money you need to recover.
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