It’s been months since your accident, yet you can’t seem to shake those feelings of fear and despair. Out of nowhere, you suddenly find your heart pounding as you relive the whole traumatic event over again in your head. You stay awake late to avoid going to bed, and you hate being alone in the car. What is going on?
When you’ve been involved in a serious Maryland car crash, it’s normal to experience feelings of anxiety and fear following the accident. Before you dismiss these issues as a temporary problem, or despair that you will simply have to live with the nightmares, tell your doctor what’s happening. Mental issues following a serious accident are common and can lead to other serious issues and behaviors.
You may be struggling with symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Anyone who has suffered a traumatic event is at risk of this mental disorder. You should talk to your doctor if you experience frequent nightmares, feelings of anxiety, or emotional numbness. PTSD symptoms such as these can be divided into three categories:
- Intrusive memories (such as nightmares or flashbacks)
- Avoidance and numbing (including memory problems and avoiding once-favorite activities)
- Increased anxiety or emotional arousal (including an overwhelming sense of fear, anger, or guilt)
PTSD can be an easy disorder to miss. Because it’s a largely emotional and mental disorder, a family doctor may not necessarily pick up on the signs, especially since few patients typically share their inner thoughts and fears with their doctor. In addition, symptoms typically don’t even start to appear until three months after the traumatic event.
If you have already been diagnosed with PTSD or another emotional or mental disorder following a Maryland car accident, you may also want to consult with an experienced Maryland car crash lawyer regarding your options. You may be eligible to receive compensation for treatment of these issues. To request a free consultation, call Nickelsporn and Lundin today at 800-875-9700.