A large percentage of auto accident victims suffer from some sort of injury. Whether it is whiplash or a broken limb, a good portion of those who engage in an accident sustain one or more types of injuries. Now, aside from physical injuries, a car accident can also have a psychological impact on you. Perhaps the accident was extremely traumatic for you and now you have a fear of getting behind the wheel again causing you to rely on others to take you around. Or, maybe, you witnessed someone being killed as a result of the collision. The fact is, there are many ways in which a car crash can impact you and many conditions it can leave you suffering with.
One of those conditions is anxiety. “The term “anxiety disorder” refers to specific psychiatric disorders that involve extreme fear or worry” [Source: Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)]. According to the NSW Government Transport Roads & Maritime Services, some “common symptoms of anxiety include worrying, being very active, feeling irritable, unable to relax or sleep properly, having no energy, finding it difficult to concentrate, feeling upset, angry, confused, tired, helpless or ‘out-of-control.” Some other things you should know about anxiety include:
- Anxiety is common among individuals in the U.S. Did you know that nearly “40 million people experience an anxiety disorder in any given year?”
- “Anxiety disorders are real, serious medical conditions – just as real and serious as physical disorders such as heart disease or diabetes.”
- “Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are closely related to anxiety disorders, which some may experience at the same time as depression.”
- Approximately one-third of the individuals who suffer from anxiety actually receive treatment, although there is plenty of it out there that can help you treat it.
PTSD is only one type of psychological condition a person might develop after being involved in a car collision.
Another condition you might develop is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Many individuals who experience something traumatic often develop this disorder. Some of the symptoms associated with it include:
- You re-experience the trauma through flashbacks of the event or nightmares.
- You feel emotionally numb and tend to avoid people, places, and activities, that remind you of the incident.
- You might find that it is difficult to sleep or concentrate.
- You may be easily angered or become irritated.
While it is common for car accident victims to suffer from anxiety or even PTSD following the collision, if you find that your condition isn’t improving, you might consider seeking help from a health care physician. Aside from that, you may even want to speak with a Sioux Falls, SD accident attorney as they can help you pursue liable parties for the compensation that can help make this time easier and help you afford the medical care you might need and want.
So, if you would like to speak with an accident lawyer who can provide you with support, guidance, and legal representation, contact the attorneys at Wilka, Welter & Ash, LLP.
You can reach Wilka, Welter & Ash, LLP at:
300 N. Dakota Avenue, Suite 510
Sioux Falls, SD 57104