After a car accident, many people often feel anger, disbelief, fear, and even shock.
All of these emotions are normal, and for most people, the accident will soon be a distant memory. But for others, the feelings don’t get better and may in fact get worse. This can lead to a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and around ten percent of serious car accident victims suffer from it.
What is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder?
According to the Mayo Clinic, it’s a mental health disorder that’s brought on by a terrifying event such as a car accident.
Any doctor who treats people with mental illnesses can diagnose PTSD, and symptoms typically begin within the first three months after the accident. They include:
- Memory problems
- Sleeping difficulties
- Concentration issues
- Self-destructive behavior such as heavy drinking
- Loss of interest in hobbies
- Negative feelings about yourself and/or others
- Problems keeping close relationships
It’s possible for PTSD symptoms to intensify over time, and victims may see them increase when they’re under stress.
Treatment often includes antidepressants and/or psychotherapy.
Those who suffer from PTSD may have an increased risk of other mental health problems such as suicidal thoughts, anxiety, and eating disorders.
Why You Should Hire an Attorney
The negligent driver’s insurance company will likely want to pay you the least amount of money possible for a settlement. That’s why you should have an attorney on your side who will work hard to get you the money you deserve.
If you’ve been diagnosed with PTSD after a car accident, please contact us to discuss your case.