Psychological Trauma

Psychological Trauma

One result of an auto accident that cannot be overlooked is the psychological effects experienced by those involved. These can be feelings of guilt if another party in the car was injured or killed, or they can relate to the lasting physical effects of an injury, such as paralysis or disfigurement.

The worse the injury, the more likely a person is to have adverse psychological effects and need professional help, either from a psychologist or a psychiatrist. Often diagnosed as post-traumatic stress disorder, psychological issues resulting from an auto accident are legitimate medical concerns and must be dealt with just as any other medical problem.

The three main symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder are: re-experiencing the traumatic event, as through nightmares or flashbacks; avoiding reminders of the traumatic event, such as fear of driving; and heightened anxiety. While symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder often appear within weeks of the traumatic event, some patients do not develop symptoms for months or even years. Professional help from a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist can help patients manage these symptoms.

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