Every day across Maryland, car crashes occur. Although some crashes are minor fender benders, others are severe—resulting in serious injuries that can impact crash victims for life. While it is normal to be concerned about the traumatic physical injuries that result from crashes, car accidents can also cause emotional and mental injuries that shouldn’t be ignored.

Many people who have been injured in a crash don’t take the mental and emotional stress seriously after an accident. They are too consumed with their physical injuries and recoveries to realize they have suffered the traumatic emotional and mental effects of a collision. Unfortunately, they may be experiencing depression and anxiety that can haunt them for life.

When a Car Crash Causes Physical Harm, Depression May Follow

If you have been seriously injured in a car crash, the chances of you suffering emotionally and mentally is probably high due to the severity of your physical injuries. Because it is important to your mental health and well-being, you need to take depression seriously. In light of October being Depression Education and Awareness month, we would like you to ask yourself the following 15 questions to determine if you are struggling with depression and anxiety following a car accident:

  1. Are you feeling tense or on edge?
  2. Are you feeling irritable?
  3. Are you feeling anxious about driving?
  4. Are you feeling fearful and worried?
  5. Are you feeling sad and worthless?
  6. Are you feeling disconnected and lonely?
  7. Are you experiencing emotional outbursts?
  8. Are you eating excessively or not wanting to eat?
  9. Are you having trouble sleeping or are you sleeping too much?
  10. Are you having frequent thoughts about the crash or bad dreams?
  11. Are you having panic attacks?
  12. Are you having trouble concentrating?
  13. Are you avoiding driving or driving around where the crash occurred?
  14. Are you unable to enjoy life anymore?
  15. Are you having suicidal thoughts?

If you answered “yes” to more than one of these questions, it is possible you are suffering the emotional and mental effects of the crash. If this is the case, it is critical that you talk with a medical professional as soon as possible. You may need medication, therapies, or counseling to help treat the effects of the auto accident so you don’t have to live a life filled with anxiety, fear, anger and depression.

If you are suffering from the emotional and mental pain of a collision, you can seek compensation for these injuries just like you have legal rights to seek compensation for your physical injuries. To learn more about your legal rights and how to seek the best possible compensation in your personal injury claim, request a free copy of our book, 10 Tips to Get the Maximum Compensation After a Maryland Auto Accident.