It’s a frightening experience to be involved in an accident or injury. The loss of control, physical pain, fear, and anxiety is something that’s difficult to forget. Many people involved in a motor vehicle accident and other personal injury suffer from psychological trauma. Less attention is given to the effects of the accident on their emotional distress and mental health, interruptions in their daily life, and the struggle that is faced in dealing with physical injuries.

Some survivors may be diagnosed with a mental condition that developed as a direct result of the accident or injury. Two of the most common conditions immediately proceeding a traumatic event is:

  • Anxiety
  • Phobia
  • Depression
  • Acute Stress Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; also known as PTSD.

 

The psychological effects of a car accident can be as traumatic or even more traumatic than physical injuries. The emotional effects of a car accident can have a significant impact on your daily life. It’s important to recognize and know the warning signs. The mental and emotional injuries after a car accident can include mental anguish, emotional distress, fear, anger, humiliation, anxiety, shock, embarrassment, random episodes of crying, loss of appetite, weight fluctuations, lack of energy, sexual dysfunction, mood swings, and sleep disturbances. Depending on the intensity, frequency, and duration, these symptoms are often related to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Stress Disorder. It may be tempting to focus on only the physical injuries that you sustain in a car accident, but addressing your mental injuries and suffering is key to helping you make a full recovery from your injuries.

Through counseling, clients are given the opportunity and encouraged to work through their challenges. It includes important education and behavioral adoption components which can help them cope, and decrease the intensity of symptoms, as well as vent.

Evans Counseling & Consulting is here to help you receive the treatment and compensation deserved following a traumatic accident for expenses relating to mental injury and emotional distress.