When we think of injuries after a car crash, most of us think of physical injuries. Whiplash, brain injuries, broken bones. But there are often invisible injuries, too. A significant portion of motor vehicle accident victims will struggle with anxiety in the days and weeks following their accident.
In this brief post, we’ll discuss this issue and what you should do if you are having a difficult time coping after your accident.
Risk factors for Anxiety after a Car Crash
You might think that anxiety could only come after a serious accident, such as one where victims faced catastrophic injuries. However, even a relatively minor crash has the potential to trigger anxiety.
Certain people may be at more risk than others for facing anxiety after a crash. For example:
- Prior history of anxiety or depression
- Family history of anxiety
- Poor social support
- Certain physical health conditions
- Stressful life events or home environment
Signs of Anxiety after a Crash
It’s normal for anyone to feel upset following a crash. However, if your distress starts to interfere with your daily activities, it may be time to reach out for help.
Symptoms to watch for:
- Sleep disturbances
- Heart palpitations
- Phobia of driving
- Mood issues
- Dizziness or headaches
- Trouble concentration
- GI issues
It should be noted that some of these symptoms could indicate other injuries or conditions, such as a traumatic brain injury. For that reason, it’s always a good idea to be evaluated by a doctor after an accident.
If you’re not sure where to start, reach out to your primary care physician. Explain that you were in a car accident and share how your anxiety is making it difficult to manage your life.
Your doctor may want to refer you to a mental health specialist. You may also be prescribed medications to help, even in the short term.
How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
If you were a victim and dealing with injuries, please reach out to our firm! One of our attorneys would be happy to speak with you and see if we can help. Many of our clients appreciate knowing that their injury claim is being handled by an experienced attorney so they can focus on their healing.
Our initial consultations are always free, and we only charge a fee for our services if we’re able to win you a settlement.