Emotional Hurdles After an Accident

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Emotional Hurdles After an Accident

I’m Ed Smith, a Woodland personal injury lawyer. If you have recently been involved in an auto accident, it is not uncommon to experience a wide variety of emotional reactions. It is important to know that each person responds and heals differently following an accident.

Different Types of Emotional Trauma

Emotional trauma can present itself differently in every individual it affects. Some symptoms of emotional trauma can include:

  • Confusion
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Anxiety or fear
  • Anger
  • Self-blame
  • Mood swings
  • Shock, denial and/or disbelief
  • Social withdrawal

If you find yourself or someone you love suffering from the above emotions, don’t harshly judge yourself, or your loved one. It is also important to remember that everyone deals and heals from a traumatic injury differently. Avoid comparing your situation to the situation of people who have gone through a similar experience. It is good to remember that if any of these emotional trauma symptoms happen to you, this is a normal reaction to an abnormal situation.

Seeking Help

If you notice your symptoms are persisting for months following your car accident with little to no change, don’t be afraid of seeking help from a professional. Many people find that seeing a therapist following an emotionally traumatic situation to be a very helpful aid in their recovery. It is especially important to seek emotional support if you are in the process of healing from a physical injury at the same time. Many studies have shown that healing the mind helps the body heal as well. If you’re wondering if its time to seek help, an honest self-analysis may be in order. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I feel disconnected from people whom I have a close relationship with?
  • Am I avoiding places, people, or situations that remind me of my accident?
  • Am I regularly experiencing flashbacks or nightmares of my traumatic event?
  • Am I using alcohol or drugs to numb my feelings?
  • Since my accident, have I been unable to form close relationships?

If you find yourself answering yes to some or all of these questions, seek help!

Woodland Personal Injury Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Woodland personal injury lawyer. If you, or a member of your family has been seriously injured in an accident caused by the negligent actions of another person, please contact me at (530) 392-9400 for free, friendly advice. I can also be reached toll-free at (800) 404-5400 when calling outside the 530 area.

I have been assisting members of the Woodland community recover compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims for over 30 years.

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