Emotional and Mental Distress from a Car Accident
After a car accident, most people will focus on physical pain. Is anything broken? Are you hurt? Do you need an ambulance? You may end up in a hospital having your physical injuries treated. But how do you handle your mental and emotional well-being after an auto accident?
Often after an accident, you may be in shock. This is not surprising, as accidents happen unexpectedly and can be life-changing in an instant. You may feel helpless or unprepared, even though there was nothing you could do to prevent such an event. In order to make a full recovery, you must address your mental distress as well as your physical pain.
Some symptoms of mental or emotional distress after a car accident can be:
• Mood swings
• Fear of driving or other activities
• Nightmares and sleep issues
• Loss of appetite
• Loss of interest in activities you enjoyed prior to the accident
• Post-traumatic stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Memory loss
• Being emotionally withdrawn
These symptoms sometimes can improve over time, or they may require psychological treatment to get better. Some treatments may include medication, psychotherapy, or counseling.
If you are experiencing mental or emotional trauma due to your accident, it is best to document what you are going through. If your distress is keeping you from getting in a car or getting enough sleep, write it in a journal. Keeping track of what you are experiencing can not only help if you need an accurate diagnosis, but can act as evidence of how the accident affected you.
It is best to find an experienced attorney as soon as possible after the accident to help navigate you through and ensure you receive the damages you deserve for your mental and emotional injuries as well as the physical ones.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney at Jones Law Group
Have you been in an accident? Contact an experienced St. Petersburg personal injury attorney at Jones Law Group today. When you contact our office we will immediately either put you on the phone with one of our attorneys, or set an appointment where you will meet your attorney and be provided with his/her contact information. If you do not have transportation or you cannot drive, your attorney will travel to meet you and discuss your case with you. Call an experienced personal injury attorney in St. Petersburg at Jones Law Group at (727) 571-1333 during regular business hours or (727) 753-8657 on weekends or after regular business hours. We will evaluate your case for free and you will never pay us a dime unless we recover compensation for your injuries.
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