If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you know firsthand that it can disrupt your life in significant ways.
The process of healing your injuries can consume months of your life, and the need for physical therapy to aid in your recovery can extend that to years. The culmination of losses in your daily life can take a toll and deplete your energy. You might even find yourself feeling some new emotional disturbances.
That sense of feeling off-kilter isn’t just in your head. In fact, there’s a good likelihood that after a car accident, you’ll end up with some mental health struggles, which can range from mild to severe.
Defining post-accident mental health issues
The impact that surviving a car crash might have on emotional wellness isn’t the same for everyone. It doesn’t even take getting injured to experience mental health disturbances following the crash.
Some of the most common disruptions include:
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- A general feeling of unease
- Difficulty sleeping
- Heightened fear
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
These disorders may present as temporary or longer term, and can cause significant disruptions to your life.
Getting your full life back on track
For some people, the sudden emergence of prominent emotional and mental disruptions can throw life off the regular course. It can interfere with concentration, work productivity, interpersonal relationships, and a person’s overall sense of well-being.
Getting the help of a therapist or counselor is an excellent first step in addressing the impact of a car accident on mental health. Plus, having documentation of your struggle with emotional damages from your wreck can also potentially impact a settlement, allowing coverage to extend to mental health treatment.
Regardless, it’s as important to consider your mental and emotional wellness in your post-accident care.