Invisible Injuries: Effects of Auto Accidents Are More Than Skin Deep

by Terry Bryant

 

PTSD, Anxiety, Depression

PTSD, Anxiety, and Depression

Medical professionals first focus on treating the visible injuries sustained as a result of an auto accident, whether it be scrapes, bruising, or bleeding that leads them to make their initial diagnosis.  As days pass after the accident, other symptoms may present themselves.

These symptoms can be more than skin deep.  Many people who suffer from an auto accident experience anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Some people have increased anxiety when traveling in a car, especially in conditions similar to those that caused their car crash.  Others are overcome by depression.  Sometimes, victims of auto accidents experience PTSD and have uncontrollable panic attacks that affect their daily lives.  Any combination of these can lead to sleeplessness and changes in your daily routine.

These feelings can be triggered by a sense of helplessness.  For example, bills may be piling up if your accident-related injuries have forced you to take off work to recover.  In order to ensure a holistic recovery, you may need to see a professional counselor to help you through not only your physical injuries but the mental effects that come along with being involved in a serious auto accident.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an auto accident, contact a board certified personal injury attorney to evaluate your potential claim.