Recognizing PTSD after an Accident
Many people who experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after an accident may not even realize it. Because you can experience PTSD days, weeks, or even months after your accident, it may be difficult to relate the two events and make sense of the overwhelming emotions. Although it is normal to feel "shaken up" for a few days after a wreck, if these feelings persist beyond a few days, become overwhelming, or interfere with your ability to get through the day, it may be time to consider talking to your doctor.
What Are the Major Symptoms of Wreck-Related PTSD?
PTSD can manifest in a lot of ways, and it's different for each person who has experienced a serious wreck or catastrophic injury. If you have PTSD related to an unforeseen accident, you may experience:
- Avoiding emotions or feeling "numb."
- Avoiding people, places, or any reminders of the accident.
- Constant feelings of anxiety, fear, or anger.
- Exaggerated responses, startling easily, or outbursts.
- Avoiding medical tests related to your accident.
- Constantly reliving the incident in your mind or having "flashbacks."
- Nightmares or trouble sleeping.
- Difficulty concentrating.
What Can I Do About PTSD Related to a Louisiana Accident?
For a lot of us, it can be incredibly difficult to admit we are having trouble mentally processing the events of a wreck or accident. If you, your spouse, your kids, or other family members sustained a catastrophic brain injury, wreck-related spinal injury, or other serious issues, you may feel like your difficulty "getting over" the accident is hard on them. This is even more pronounced if you have been a caretaker for someone injured in an automobile accident or other unforeseen accident.
Remember that a lot of people who have been through an unforeseen accident have trouble, at least for a while. Admitting that you need a hand is not a sign of weakness; it is a sign of strength. Talk to a trusted friend first. Let the people who care about you know what's going on, and take small steps to resume your normal activities. If you don't feel that you are making any progress, ask a friend to go with you to see your family doctor for advice.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence or liability of someone else, contact us today! The Tomeny Law firm has over 30 years of experience working with victims of catastrophic accidents. We are ready to speak to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Give the Tomeny Law Firm a call today at (888) 483-8842 and let us start helping you on your path to recovery.