Car accidents bring more than just physical pain and injury to victims. Many people struggle with emotional distress after an accident.
While some individuals can work through their concerns, the healing process looks different among individuals. Some may experience increased stress and display symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
PSTD is a disorder where an individual experiences difficulties when recovering from a terrifying event. The individual could experience or witness a traumatic event and suffer from triggers months or years later that cause physical and emotional reactions.
Recovering from PTSD
Some individuals may avoid driving or returning to their normal lifestyle after an accident because of depression, anxiety, insomnia and more. You can take action to recover from this condition and work to overcome the event. For starters, you can work with a professional therapist or another mental health professional. These individuals can take you through the experience and help you learn to identify triggers and proper responses.
You should also prioritize self-care as you heal. It is easy to forget about a healthy diet, sleep habits, exercise and socializing when you feel anxious or distressed. Make one positive step forward each day, whether you engage in a yoga or meditation practice or you start journaling. Lean on trusted friends and family members to create engagement opportunities.
When you are ready to start driving again, practice good behaviors that help keep you safe. Wear your seatbelt, avoid distractions like cell phone use and do not drive when under the influence of anxiety medications, alcohol or other impairments.
It can take time to recover from PTSD after an accident. Give yourself the attention and time you need to help heal.