Each year, millions of people in the United States are involved in car accidents. Of these, 10 – 45% are estimated to develop PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of their experience. Many of us are most familiar with hearing about PTSD in relation to soldiers who have seen combat. However, some of the same elements of violence and extreme fear for one’s safety can occur in a car accident.
Symptoms of PTSD
Only a licensed professional can diagnose someone with PTSD. However, the following list of symptoms commonly associated with PTSD may give you an idea as to your situation:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Isolating one’s self
- Avoidance of emotions concerning the accident
- Re-experiencing the accident to an extent that it interferes with daily life
- Overwhelming panic and anxiety
- Avoidance of reminders of the accident
PTSD after a car accident can affect your ability to function in your usual ways. It can be hard to work or to maintain relationships. It can lead to overwhelming feelings of isolation, so it is important to know that if you are experiencing these symptoms, they are a common response to the extreme stress that you went through, and there are many professionals and others with PTSD who would understand how you are feeling.
If you are struggling with PTSD following a car accident, it is important to get the help you need. This can be difficult, especially if you are struggling with ongoing medical needs, costly medical bills, and are behind on work. If someone else was responsible for your accident, you may be eligible for financial compensation for both your physical and mental suffering. Contact the Wisconsin car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. by calling 800-242-2874 today.