While cars provide multiple benefits to the owner, there’s one thing that most drivers dread – the possibility of getting involved in a road accident. The slightly comforting thing is that most road accidents are non-fatal. While most of them may leave victims with just minor injuries, the more serious ones can leave the sufferer with lifelong scars and possibly disability. In whichever case, an accident can have a huge impact on one’s life and psychological well being! Well, speaking of psychological well being, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common occurrence among people who get involved in auto accidents. Especially if you’ve had a traumatic experience in the past, have pre-existing psychological /emotional issues, or lack adequate social support after the accident, you can be at a higher risk of suffering from PTSD.
Most people who suffer from PTSD exhibit various signs, including intrusive memories, avoidance behaviors, mood issues, negative thinking, and changes in emotional reactions. The best thing is that even if you experience these symptoms, you can always get back to your normal life if you put in some work.
Here are some tips on how to get back to normal life after an auto accident.
Sort Out Legal Issues
Well, there are various scenarios where you can be a victim of a car accident. Perhaps you were the driver and bumped into another car, hit someone, or caused property damage. The other common scenario could be that another car hit you as a driver or a pedestrian. Either way, the law will be involved one way or the other, either in or out of the court. If you were injured in a car accident, this and the events that follow could change your life, possibly forever. Seeking compensation for your injuries with the help of an experienced lawyer should be one of your priorities.
This is because apart from physical pain and suffering, a car accident can keep you out of employment for months or even years. This is not to forget the hefty bills and expenses you might incur to get your injuries treated. Car accident compensation can help ease your suffering and give you peace of mind, which can help ease PTSD and assist you in getting back on your feet. If you caused the accident, on the other hand, seeing that the damages you caused are compensated can help ease your stress, guilt, and self-blame, making it easier to get back to your normal life.
Seek Social Support and Counseling
Your friends and loved ones are among the most important people after being involved in an accident. Apart from offering material support and physical assistance where you need it, your most dear ones can comfort you and see you through your post-accident struggles. It can also be a great idea to seek and join a social support group in your area where you meet with other accident survivors and discuss your experiences and challenges.
As you comfort and encourage each other, talking it out can help bring some closure and help you move on from the effects of the car crash. If you experience heightened and recurrent PTSD symptoms such as excessive worry, uneasiness, trouble sleeping, irritability, and memories of the accident, you may also want to consider seeking counseling.
Learn Defensive Driving
Even if you’re not the one who caused the accident, getting back on the road can be frightening to many drivers. Passengers involved in a past accident might also find it hard or uncomfortable to ride in a car. In either case, taking a defensive driving course can help you get your courage on the road back.
Seek Medical Treatment for PTSD
If you still experience intense after-effects that are taking a toll on your life a few months down the line, it is best to seek medical treatment. Some of the most common treatment options for PTSD include medication, psychotherapy, EMDR, and Complementary & Alternative Therapies. A certified doctor will usually recommend to you the appropriate specialist to visit.
Live a Healthy Lifestyle
One of the best ways to beat any kind of stress is to try as much as possible to lead a healthy lifestyle.
On this note, you will want to:
Eat a healthy balanced diet
Take care of your personal hygiene and grooming
Stay connected with your friends and close relatives
Car accidents can take a huge toll on the victim. Post-traumatic stress is a common effect, which, if not handled carefully, can lead to further problems and more suffering to the victim’s life. The above are just a few helpful tips to help you get back to your routine if you’ve suffered PTSD after an accident.