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Emotional damage hard to shake following a car accident

Since the day of your collision, you've probably relived the moments and events leading up to and following the crash over and over again in your mind, unless your injuries were so severe you have no recollection of the initial impact of the incident. Ontario roadways can be very scary places.

Everyone always talks about physical injuries, medical treatment and everything related to bodily recovery; however, the emotional and psychological damage you might suffer in a car accident can be equally, if not more devastating than a broken arm or leg.

Common issues regarding mental and emotional accident trauma

You may even suffer post traumatic stress disorder if you're involved in a motor vehicle accident. Nightmares are also common after-effects of serious collisions. If you're aware of the signs of mental and emotional injuries and know where to turn for help, you may increase your chances of achieving as full a recovery as possible. The following list includes many common non-physical injuries associated with car accidents:

  • Loss of memory
  • Inability to sleep well
  • Extreme anxiety or panic attacks
  • Chronic stress

One of the first signs that you might have one or more of these injuries may involve obsessively talking about your accident. It's understandable that you would need to confide in someone close to you to help you work through your emotions; however, if you're unable to talk about anything but your accident, it may be a sign of an underlying problem.

Resources for treatment and recovery

You may feel completely overwhelmed trying to recover from emotional pain and trauma associated with a collision. The list below includes various people who may be able to help you:

  • A licensed counsellor
  • Your spouse
  • Close friends
  • Family members
  • A minister
  • A support group comprised of other accident victims

Reaching out for support to help treat psychological and emotional injuries after a car accident is a viable option. Sharing your memories and feelings can be quite therapeutic in helping you overcome your fears and anxiety and get your life back on track. Recovering from severe emotional trauma doesn't happen overnight; it takes time, often, weeks or months, even years.

There may also be a need to discuss the issue with a personal injury lawyer who can be on hand to help you navigate the legal process if you decide to file a claim against any negligent party or parties who caused your injuries.

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