Psychological Trauma after an accident

Sep 10, 2019

Treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder in PondicherryA traffic accident, whether it be big or small can be a traumatic experience.

People who have a traffic accident are often sympathized with for a while and then asked to deal with it or get over it.

Some do, but for many, it is always a tender subject.

Common symptoms of PTSD are:-

  • Shock
  • Anxiety
  • Sudden panic attacks
  • Sleeplessness
  • Nightmares
  • Poor appetite
  • Anger
  • Fear
  • Worry
  • Guilt
  • Difficulty in social situations
  • Claustrophobic sensation in crowds

How does one differentiate normal fear after an accident and PTSD?

People get over normal fear in time. But with PTSD, there are different kinds of changes, like:-

  • Personality changes
  • Mood disorder
  • Social antipathy
  • Rage
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Suspiciousness
  • Low self esteem

How to get over this trauma?

  • Acknowledge it - The most important part of recovery is to accept that you have a problem.
  • Talk to someone - Whether you talk to a family member or a friend, it is a start.
  • Consult a doctor – Not only can the doctor advice you on how to cope, they can give you referrals of therapists and support groups.
  • Stay busy – Keeping yourself physically and mentally busy can help you brood less.

People who are at risk for PTSD

  • Someone who has had a prior accident
  • If you’ve had any other kind of traumatic assault
  • People who have witnessed an accident or assault
  • If the person has an underlying mental disorder

When to see your doctor?

  • If you don’t start feeling better even after a while
  • You have restless sleep
  • If you have nightmares
  • You rely on medication or other vices to cope
  • You are unable to lead a normal life
  • You are overwhelmed by these feelings

If you or a loved one is suffering, don’t wait. See a doctor immediately and ask for help!

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