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Psychological Problems After An Accident


When individuals are involved in serious car accidents, lasting mental health issues can follow. Too often, individuals focus on the financial impacts and physical injuries. While these are concerns, psychological problems should not be ignored. After all, mental health issues can create problems in a variety of areas of a person’s life, including their work relationships, family connections, personal relationships, and individual productivity.

If you are experiencing emotional turmoil after a car crash, you do not need to suffer alone. There is help available. Talk to your doctor. Then, if appointments with mental health professionals are needed, the expense of those visits could be part of your damage recovery. A Shreveport injury lawyer can assess your situation and provide you with options moving forward.

Some Car Accident Victims Suffer from PTSD

Unfortunately, it is common for people involved in severe car accidents to experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). When a person experiences PTSD, but they do not last for longer than a month, the diagnosis may be Acute Stress Disorder (ASD).

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from PTSD or ASD:

  • Avoiding areas, people, or events that make you think of the accident.
  • Upsetting dreams, thoughts, and flashbacks of the event.
  • Difficulty concentrating and overall emotional distress.

It is important to seek help as PTSD can lead to feelings of loneliness and depression. There is even the possibility of anger management concerns and suicidal thoughts.

Anxiety and Depression are also Possible

If you have been experiencing anxiety after a Louisiana car crash, know that this is common. Many experience anxiety, ranging in intensity from moderate to severe, after an accident. And these feelings can continue for months.

Too often, people dismiss anxiety symptoms as stress. It is important to reach out for help if you are suffering from distress after an auto collision so you can pave a path for healing.

Depression is also possible. When people are injured in a crash, they can become depressed as they cope with the injury and the pain associated with the physical harm. Some of the symptoms individual’s have experienced include the following:

  • Not having energy.
  • Feelings of worthlessness.
  • Decreased joy in activities once enjoyed.
  • Inability to concentrate.
  • Weight loss or gain.
  • Anger, irritability and fatigue.

When an injury means a person cannot work, exercise, or pursue daily hobbies as they did before the accident, they may become depressed.

It is also possible to experience depression because a car crash victim is so concerned about the financial aspects of the bills associated with a crash. Speaking with a healthcare professional as soon as possible is advised. Then, connect with a Shreveport injury lawyer so your attorney can address all of the financial effects of the car accident.

Are you experiencing psychological effects alongside physical injuries following a car crash? Talk to the personal injury lawyers at Rice & Kendig. You do not need to navigate complicated negotiations on your own. Together, we can achieve success. Contact us today at 318-222-2772 to schedule your free consultation.

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