There is an unmentioned and often dismissed aspect of car accidents that we’d like to discuss briefly today. That is the fact that along with physical injuries and property damage, a person in a car accident is likely to experience depression, anxiety, and even post-traumatic stress disorder.
Believe it or not, long term depression after an accident happens all the time. In fact, recent studies show that at least one third of all people involved in non-fatal accidents experience some degree of depression. WebMD Health News reports:
“The latest study by British researchers suggests that at least one-third of all people involved in nonfatal accidents have post-traumatic stress disorder, persistent anxiety, depression, and phobias one year after the incident.”
Anxiety can manifest in many ways, and can manifest even months after the accident. It is not uncommon to experience sudden stress or anxiety about riding in a car, or even with a riding in the same model or color of car. It’s not uncommon to feel uncomfortable at the site of an accident, or in similar road conditions.
These are symptoms of a serious problem. If you recognize any of these behaviors in yourself after an accident, especially if it’s been several weeks or months since the accident, seek the help of professionals.
If several months have passed and you have persistent thoughts or dreams about an accident, you may have post-traumatic stress disorder. We often assume this affliction affects only people who have served in the military. The truth is that any traumatic experience, even a car accident, can create this long-term problem.
For those who experience a brain trauma, long lasting, severe depression is common. Such mood affecting challenges can put a terrible burden on relationships, and make it hard to work, all of which may serve to feed the depression and lengthen the duration.
Be aware of your friends and family who have been in car accidents. Be aware of your own mood after an accident. Don’t be afraid to seek professional help.
When an insurance company balks at paying for necessary treatment, including treatment for psychological harm caused by a car accident, you must speak to a personal injury attorney. You have the right to fair compensation, even if corporations downplay the severity of your problems. If you have any questions, contact us today. We’re here to help.