Dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Following a Car Accident

Being involved in a car accident can be very stressful, emotional and painful. Victims who suffer minor injuries can have long-lasting effects just as much as victims who suffer major injuries. One common issue that arises after a car accident along the Dixie Highway is post-traumatic stress. Here are some tips for dealing with this after an accident.

Some of the signs that you might have post-traumatic stress following an accident include the following:

  •  Excessive worry or anger
  •  Ongoing feeling of uneasiness
  •  Nightmares or difficulty sleeping
  •  Feeling of being disconnected from others or events
  •  Ongoing memories of the accident you cannot control
  •  Unwilling to have medical tests performed or procedures done
  •  Issues driving or riding in vehicles

Steps to Deal with Post Traumatic Stress

  1. An excellent way to deal with post-traumatic stress stemming from a car accident is to exercise. Staying active will help you keep your mind off the accident and might even help you recover. Only perform exercises that do not aggravate any injuries you suffered in the accident.
  2. Make a concerted effort to return to your normal daily activities or routine. If healthy enough, this can include returning to work or school. Even if you are scared or uncomfortable at first, you must try to return to your normal routine in an effort to fight post-traumatic stress.
  3. Speak with a doctor or a family member about the accident. Talk about the details of the accident, how you felt, thought and acted in the days after the accident and during the accident.
  4. See you family doctor after the accident, but not only for physical exams. Your family doctor can refer you to mental health professionals who can help you work through post-traumatic stress after a Dixie Highway car accident.

Injuries suffered in a Dixie Highway car accident can be debilitating. An experienced car accidents attorney in Louisville can answer all of your questions about the crash and what to expect in the months following.

Source: Family Doctor, "Post-traumatic Stress After a Traffic Accident," accessed May 25, 2017

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