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The psychological effects of being in a motor vehicle accident

On Behalf of | Apr 9, 2021 | Personal Injury |

When you are injured in a car accident in Florida, the first problems you are most likely to seek treatment for are physical – your broken hand, bruised leg or broken arm, for example. But those may not be the only injuries you sustained. The mental or emotional ones that are not visible are important to be aware of also. Quite often, motor vehicle accident victims have psychological aftereffects to grapple with.

They may not show up right away, yet they can significantly impact your life and recovery from a crash just as much as physical injuries do.

These psychological issues are frequently related to feeling an unsettling loss of control, whether it involves your life, daily functioning, career, relationships, enjoyable activities or mobility. Although this type of reaction to a traumatic event like a car crash is common, it tends to go under the radar all too often. Victims can be reluctant to admit they are struggling psychologically even when talking to their health care providers.

What mental or emotional symptoms can be experienced by a victim after an auto accident?

  • Disturbing memories and dreams of what happened
  • Feeling tense, anxious or depressed
  • Being sensitive to reminders of the trauma
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Staying away from anything that brings back painful recollections of the trauma
  • Acting irritable

Sometimes, your physical injuries can be slow to resolve because the emotional problems you are having stemming from the accident get in the way. That leaves you caught in a vicious cycle. Fortunately, there are treatments available that can aid your recovery from both the physical and emotional aftermath of a car accident.

The lingering pain you suffered mentally or emotionally from a motor vehicle accident is important