Did you know that one-third of all people involved in a car crash will experience post-accident depression or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? Even when a car crash is non-fatal, post-traumatic stress still occurs frequently.
Be easy on yourself and take the time to recuperate if you have been involved in an accident, not just physically but mentally as well. If you continue to have persistent feelings of anxiety and depression, you may be experiencing a condition that requires further attention and treatment.
Recognizing Post-Accident Depression
Below are some of the signs to help you determine if you might be experiencing post-accident depression or PTSD as a result of a car accident.
It is important to note that experiencing some of these feelings is normal a week or two after an accident after all, a car accident is a shocking experience for anyone involved. However, if these feelings are persistent and last longer than two to three months, you may need to seek additional support if you:
- Experience fears or phobias relating to the accident
- Have trouble with driving or riding in a car
- Have problems with sleeping or have frequent nightmares
- Obsess over the accident and are not being able to control thoughts about the event
- Are worried, irritable and/or angry
- Refuse to get medical tests or procedures
- Are disconnecting from important people or events
It is important to acknowledge these feelings of post-accident depression so that you can get the help you need in order to fully recover. If left untreated, these feelings can greatly interfere with your relationships, career and general enjoyment of life.
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