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The hidden mental health effects motor vehicle accidents can take on drivers

by | Jun 16, 2020 | Auto Accidents, Blog

You may know that an unexpected collision can affect physical health — but many forget that motor vehicle accidents can take a toll on mental health too. Unfortunately, many victims of accidents prioritize their physical injuries, neglecting the psychological trauma they have endured. Tending to your physical health is reasonable and a normal part of the recovery process. However, you must assess your mental health after an accident as well.

Car accidents can result in PTSD, anxiety, and depression

Being in a motor vehicle accident can result in several conditions like PTSD, anxiety disorders, and even major depression. These conditions take a toll on victims that can disrupt daily tasks such as working, cleaning, and spending time with loved ones. You may be able to get a new vehicle, receive reimbursement, and heal from any minor injuries easily, but the effects of a mental health condition can last drastically longer than many short-term burdens. Because of this, you must assess your mental health as soon as possible after your accident.

When should I get help?

Overwhelming feelings after an accident are normal and should subside over time. However, if unpleasant feelings linger for an extended amount of time, you should visit a mental health professional. These following symptoms identify a need to seek professional help:

  • Disruptive eating habits
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Persistent flashbacks
  • Harmful thoughts
  • Irrational fears of regular activities (Driving, going out in public, etc.)

Although these are not the only indications of when you should seek professional help, these are some signs you should take seriously if you experience them. If you are experiencing overwhelming thoughts of self-harm or hurting others, visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for more resources, or call 1-800-2738255.

Wyatt Law Firm: Dedicated to giving our clients the care they deserve

Here at Wyatt Law Firm, we are familiar with the physical and mental burdens accidents can have on victims. The Wyatt Law Firm team relentlessly fights for our clients because we are aware of the harsh realities victims face after being a part of an accident.

Our team at Wyatt Law Firm is dedicated to representing those who have been injured at the fault of others. Our proven approach has helped us recover over $500 million for our previous clients. Let us fight for you next.

Call 210-340-5550 to schedule a free consultation or fill out a confidential contact form and we will get back to you shortly.