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Car accidents may lead to post-traumatic stress

Montana residents may know that traumatic events may cause varying degrees of anxiety. Some individuals may experience continuing anxiety long after the event is over that interferes with their daily life. This is referred to as post-traumatic stress disorder. There are steps that may be taken to reduce the severity of the symptoms including medical and psychological assistance.

PTSD can occur after a significant event, such as a car accident, that interferes with one's sense of safety. Some symptoms include overt vigilance, anger, nervousness, detached affect, an inability to let it go and avoiding people who were part of the trauma. Mixed feelings often follow a car accident and may include shock, guilt, fear, anger and an inability to grasp it even happened. An individual may not be able to stop reliving the accident, and sometimes these feeling grow stronger instead of lessening.

PTSD may lead to a fear of traveling in a vehicle and, in some individuals, complete or partial avoidance. Sleep may be difficult and accompanied by nightmares. The accident details may be vivid, and the individual may have a sense of uneasiness. Talking the problem over with relatives or close friends may help. Seeking the advice of medical professionals may be beneficial. Staying active is often recommended. Although individuals with PTSD due to an accident may be fearful of driving, resuming operation of a motor vehicle as before may eliminate life-altering behavior.

An individual who experiences PTSD after an accident due to the actions of a negligent driver may benefit from speaking with an attorney. Victims may be unable to work or care for their family due to PTSD and may experience financial difficulty because of it. An attorney may file a personal injury suit to help recover the cost.

Source: FamilyDoctor.org, "Post-traumatic Stress Disorder | Post-traumatic Stress After a Traffic Accident", accessed on Jan. 9, 2015

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