The anxiety and depression gradually surfaced. So did insomnia. You did not expect these bothersome symptoms to surface after your car accident in which you sustained serious injuries. And you are still trying to physically recover. But, obviously, there are more things you must address.
The voices inside your head warn you that this could happen again. A terrible accident is just around the corner awaiting you. This time with more serious consequences beyond a traumatic brain injury, fractured leg and second-degree burns. You are suffering from a different kind of delayed injury. This is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and you need help.
Depression, fear and insomnia
Such a situation represents a critical time in your life, and you know it. You remain fearful, distressed and thoroughly worried and disoriented. Many people injured in motor vehicle accidents experience what you are experiencing and turn to a therapist or psychologist to shake away the effects of PTSD.
The scars from your accident may be permanent, but you do not want permanent scars inside your being, inside who you are, inside your identity. Do not let them define you, so seek guidance right away when you recognize PTSD has crept into your life.
Among the signs of PTSD after a car accident injury include:
- Depression: Sadness and guilt may encompass you perhaps because you survived the accident and others did not, or you sustained an injury that permanently changed your life.
- Anxiety: You consistently worry that something like this will happen to you again. It becomes an obstacle in your life, one that is difficult to overcome.
- Fear: This newfound fear has led you to quit driving. And these fears make you believe that what happened to you can happen to loved ones.
- The onset of insomnia: Going to sleep may make you worry even more, thinking of the potential of recurring nightmares – which also are a symptom of PTSD.
- Appetite loss: You need mental and physical sustenance during times like these. But losing your appetite drastically affects both. Your well-being is at stake.
Whether it takes weeks, months or years, you must do your best to control and defeat PTSD. It will take time and effort, especially after the trauma you sustained in a serious motor vehicle accident.