Car Accidents and PTSD
There are more than half a million car accidents in the U.S. each year, affecting more than 3 million individuals. Many of these people sustain serious injuries and may wonder if they or a loved one might die due to the accident. This, combined with the sudden and violent nature of most collisions, leads many people to suffer mental or emotional anguish after a car accident. One common way that the psyche responds to such extreme stress during and after an automobile accident is to develop PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Symptoms of PTSD
Many of us have heard of PTSD in reference to soldiers returning from war. However, it is also common among car accident victims. Different studies have found that somewhere between 10 and 45% of people in a serious car accident develop PTSD. PTSD is a serious disorder and is not something that is easy to work through without professional help. It can occur after a person experiences any trauma that causes them to feel that they or their loved ones are in immediate danger of being killed or seriously injured, with the accompanying emotions of extreme helplessness or terror.
There are other specific symptoms a clinician might look for to diagnose PTSD, but symptoms can include:
- Intrusive memories of the event
- Recurring nightmares
- Feeling the need to avoid things associated with the trauma
- Difficulty eating or sleeping
- Difficulty concentrating or working
These symptoms can have serious consequences in one’s personal and work life.
If you were in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence and you wonder if you might be experiencing PTSD, call the car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 today. The person or party who caused your accident should be held responsible for your ongoing suffering. Don’t wait another day to get the help you need.