Car accidents are traumatic experiences. Not only can they cause severe physical injuries, but they can take a toll on your emotions as well. You may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder following a motor vehicle collision.
If you think you may have PTSD from your car crash, you should talk to your doctor or therapist about it. Below are some symptoms of PTSD, treatment methods and how you may get compensation for emotional suffering.
Signs of PTSD
Here are some common symptoms of PTSD:
- Intrusive thoughts: flashbacks, nightmares, memories and repetitive thinking
- Arousal: anxiety, nervousness, fast heart rate, sweating, paranoia and trouble focusing
- Avoidance: staying away from places, things, situations or people that remind you of the accident; for example, not wanting to return to where the accident took place or even drive a car again
- Negative mood and thoughts: depression or pessimism
You may have one or more of these symptoms in subtle or obvious ways. Everyone experiences PTSD differently, so it is important to get a diagnosis from a professional.
Treatment for PTSD
You do not need to feel afraid or ashamed if you get a diagnosis of PTSD. There are many treatments available that can help you recover. The exact treatment you receive will depend on the recommendation of your health care providers. Some PTSD survivors respond well to medication, while others find help in therapy. As you seek treatment for PTSD, you will be able to manage your symptoms and get back on track to your normal routine.
Getting compensation for PTSD
If you pursue a legal or insurance claim after the accident, you may be able to obtain compensation for your PTSD. Usually, compensation comes in the form of pain and suffering or other damages. You may receive money to cover your treatment and suffering.