Coping with Emotional Trauma After an Accident
Auto accidents are one of the more traumatizing events that a person can go through, yet the emotional injuries that people experience are often overlooked. In fact, even victims sometimes discount the emotional impact that an accident can have on their lives. Know how to recognize the signs and symptoms of emotional trauma, learn how to cope with it, and discover what options you may have if the trauma is severe with help from the following information.
Signs and Symptoms of Trauma
Despite the common misconceptions about trauma after an accident, the difficulty coping may not immediately surface. Instead, it may be days, perhaps even weeks, before the trauma rears its head. At first, it may start with some strange symptoms, and victims may initially attribute it to stress, but as time wears on, they may start to realize that something is seriously wrong. For example, victims may begin to experience:
- Irrational fear,
- Crying spells,
- Agitation or irritability,
- Panic attacks,
- Guilt or shame,
- Difficulty relaxing,
- Heightened startle response,
- Racing heartbeat,
- Mental confusion,
- Difficulty concentrating,
- Muscle aches and pains,
- Intestinal issues, and
- Social withdrawal.
If these symptoms persist, victims should speak with their doctor about their treatment options. Victims should also bring up their emotional trauma when speaking with their personal injury lawyer; depending on the situation, trauma could increase compensation.
Coping with Emotional Trauma
Treatment options for victims with emotional trauma can range from sleep medication to help battle insomnia to antidepressants and therapy for those suffering from debilitating anxiety or posttraumatic stress disorder. What is important to remember is that the plan is individualized, and it should be developed with the aid of a doctor.
In addition to seeking support from a physician, victims can seek outside support from family, friends, therapists, and support groups. It is also important that victims attempt to avoid excessive stress during this time. Victims may also find it helpful if they focus on self-care (i.e. rest, sleep, a healthy diet, exercise, etc.) in the weeks and months after an accident. If necessary, leave from work should be taken to cope with the severe emotional trauma.
You May Be Entitled to Compensation
If you or someone you love has experienced an emotional injury after an accident, Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd. can help. Dedicated and experienced, our Green Bay auto accident attorneys will fight to ensure you get the most compensation possible for your losses. Learn more about how we can help with your personal injury case by scheduling a free consultation. Call our offices at 920-739-7366 today.