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Car accidents can lead to PTSD for some victims

Some people in New Jersey who have been in a car accident may suffer from a variety of psychological effects afterward in addition to the physical injuries that they incurred. Some of these feelings are normal. For a time after the accident, they may experience emotions such as fear, worry and disbelief. The victim may also think about the accident a great deal.

Intensity and duration is the difference between these normal responses and responses that indicate a car accident victim may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. For many people, these feelings will begin to dissipate. However, for some, the feelings do not go away, and they may even grow stronger. They might begin to interfere with the ability to live a normal life. Those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder as the result of an accident may have trouble driving or riding in vehicles, have recurring nightmares and feel irritable or disconnected. They may also have intrusive thoughts of the accident.

There are a number of things that can be done to combat these feelings. Talking to loved ones or a counselor may help. Staying active and returning to daily routines is important. Affected victims may wish to consult their doctor about these symptoms, and the doctor may have recommendations or may refer them to a specialist.

Recovering from a collision may take a long time, and it may be costly. In addition to medical expenses, victims might miss a considerable amount of work. If the auto accident was caused by the negligent action of another driver, it may be advisable to consult with a personal injury attorney to determine whether a civil action should be maintained for the resulting damages.

Source: FamilyDoctor.org, “Post-traumatic Stress After a Traffic Accident””, accessed on Jan. 25, 2015

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