Understanding Emotional Response to Trauma
For most of us, if we hear that someone we love has been in a car accident, the first thing we want to know is if they are OK. The answer usually involves a description of the person’s physical injuries, which is understandable. The top priority in responding to any victim of a major accident is to preserve their life and physical well-being. However, sometimes professionals, friends, and family overlook the emotional response to trauma.
What Makes an Event Traumatic?
So why are some people very emotionally affected by a traumatic event, while others are not? There are certain characteristics of trauma that make it especially likely to leave an emotional impact:
- It was sudden and unexpected
- You were powerless to stop it
- It happened more than once
- You feared for your life or the life of a loved one
- It occurred during childhood
Many of these could be true of a car accident. It is especially important to note that if you know a child who was involved in an accident, they may be suffering in ways that they cannot express. Even if they do not talk about the accident much, it may be a good idea for you, a trusted adult, or a mental health professional to talk to them about what happened.
Emotional trauma following a car accident can have deep and far-reaching effects. It can affect your ability to travel by car, to work, and to enjoy life. If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, and now you or they are suffering emotionally, contact the Wisconsin car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 today.