I was in a car accident and now I don’t want to do anything or go anywhere.

After my car crash I became very irritable and angry and withdrew from all my friends.

I have flashbacks of the accident and I can’t sleep.

Sound familiar? If it does, you may be suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a mental condition that often develops after a terrible ordeal, such as a serious or catastrophic car accident. You may have been the one injured in the accident, the one who caused the accident, or just someone who observed a horrific accident. Individuals, who have experienced several traumatic events in life, have a greater chance of developing PTSD.

What are the signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

PTSD victims may experience signs of distress. Some of these include:

  • Avoidance
  • Anger
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Flashbacks
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Feelings of overwhelming guilt
  • Worry
  • Bad dreams
  • Hyper-arousal
  • And more

 

By far, the most common sign of PTSD is avoidance. After a car accident, frightening thoughts and flashbacks can be terrifying and cause victims to avoid anything that could trigger those memories. This often causes victims with PTSD to lose interest in their daily activities, in friends, or in life all together. In addition, they may grapple with survivor guilt or depression after the accident.
Another common sign of PTSD is flashbacks. Flashbacks can occur as frightening thoughts or as bad dreams and can result in panic attacks, heart racing, and other uncomfortable physical symptoms. This can result in poor sleep, irritability, and difficulty eating.

Do Not Delay PTSD Treatment

If you believe that you or someone you love is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after a car accident, it is important to seek medical help. PTSD can be treated and it is important not to delay. Delaying treatment could result in serious mental health problems and decreased quality of life. In addition, if you have PTSD you will need additional compensation to cover visits with a mental health professional, as well as medications or counseling. An experienced Denver car accident attorney can ensure that you recover the maximum compensation after a car accident, so you can focus on getting your life back together again.

Contact a Denver Auto Accident Attorney Today

robert-paysinger-01If you are the victim of a Denver car crash, contact Colorado personal injury attorney Robert Paysinger today. Robert can answer all of your questions and let you know what kind of compensation you may be entitled to under Colorado law. Our law firm offers FREE case consultations and can be reached at 303. 279.0221.

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