Can a car accident lead to PTSD?

On Behalf of | Apr 30, 2022 | Personal Injury |

Getting in a car accident is a serious event, regardless of insignificant you believe the injuries to be. Any motor vehicle incident can lead to distress for the driver or passengers involved.

There is the possibility of suffering from trauma as a result of the accident, whether you are at fault or the other driver is responsible. This trauma could carry over into your personal life and create post-traumatic stress disorder.

What is PTSD?

PTSD is a condition that quickly impairs an individual’s ability to function normally throughout the day. This disorder may develop following a traumatic event, including a car accident. Difficult sleep, struggling to concentrate, irritability and anxiety are all symptoms of PTSD. This condition may not manifest itself immediately following an accident like a physical injury, but long-term psychological symptoms could appear days or weeks after the incident.

What are the symptoms of PTSD?

There is a range of symptoms that vary among individuals, with many of these symptoms relating to the severity of the condition. The more common signs of PTSD after an accident include:

  • Vivid nightmares
  • Accident flashback
  • Avoiding any reminders or information about the accident
  • Increased irritability or agitation
  • Numbness or depression
  • Feelings of guilt

Whether you are living with PTSD or you are watching a loved one struggle to cope with it, you will notice a serious impact on your daily life. PTSD can interfere with going to work, enjoying social gatherings or engaging with hobbies or interests.

Counseling, therapy and other resources can help an individual learn to cope with the traumatic event. It is important to address this serious condition to avoid a long-term negative impact on your life.