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Can I develop PTSD from a car accident?

Many people become so focused on dealing with their physical injuries after a car accident in North Carolina that they fail to consider the effect it has on their mental health. Motor vehicle wrecks are harrowing experiences that can leave you emotionally scarred. It is not uncommon for some people to develop post-traumatic stress disorder after a motor vehicle collision

It is not a condition everyone will develop after a motor vehicle collision. Usually, those who develop it suffer from an underlying psychological disorder. Here is a brief overview of car accidents and PTSD disorders. 

What is post-traumatic disorder? 

PTSD is a serious mental health condition that causes those who are afflicted by it to experience anxiety, stress, emotional instability, insomnia, depression and other residual physical and emotional effects that keep them from thinking and functioning normally. If you or someone you love is in a car accident and later develop symptoms of PTSD, get treatment right away. You may also be entitled to compensation for your condition. 

Sign of PTSD 

PTSD is not a condition that develops immediately after a triggering incident. Sometimes, it can take weeks, months or longer to show up. Because it is a mental condition, proving it is the result of a motor vehicle wreck can be challenging. Here are some things that can be done to help strengthen a PTSD car accident personal injury claim and help post-traumatic stress victims to recover. 

  •        Keep a journal of symptoms
  •        Seek out counseling and medical care
  •        Avoid stress
  •        Develop better defensive driving skills 

Untreated, post-traumatic stress can cause lingering health complications. It can cause chronic health conditions to worsen, lead to the development of autoimmune diseases, destroy relationships and lead to substance abuse and physical violence as well as other adverse effects that can be disruptive to a person’s life. 

Navigating the recovery and legal process is challenging. Many who have PTSD car accident personal injury claims find it beneficial to speak with an attorney about their situations.

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