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Will you develop post-traumatic stress disorder after a crash?

Getting into a car crash is difficult for anyone, but when you suffer a life-changing and debilitating injury, your entire world is turned upside down. When you were hit by a semitruck, the force was so intense that you ended up breaking bones in your face upon impact with the airbag. You have a moderate concussion and damage to your spinal cord as well.

With such catastrophic injuries, it's no wonder that you're struggling. After a serious injury, developing anxiety or depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other conditions isn't uncommon.

How common is PTSD after a car crash?

Not everyone will develop PTSD, but some will. Several factors play a role in the development of PTSD, such as:

  • Having a history of past trauma
  • Lacking social support during recovery
  • Dissociation during or after the trauma
  • Prior mental health concerns
  • High levels of emotion experienced during the trauma

One of the strongest predictors of how an accident will affect you is the perception of having your life in danger. For example, if you saw the semitruck coming toward you, you'd be more likely to develop PTSD than someone who did not see that they were about to be involved in a collision. Believing that your life is in danger in a vehicle can also reduce your likelihood of getting back into a vehicle, which could also strengthen negative thoughts and behaviors.

After a crash, you should know that your mental health is important, too. Any injuries you've suffered, physical or mental, should be treated, and your claim should include those treatments as well.

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