Long-Lasting Emotional Effects of a Car Accident
The sudden jarring motion occurring seconds after the impact of a car accident can be filled with long-lasting stress, but most people assume that the effects will be short-lived, and they can move on with their lives after a day or two of recuperation. Sadly, that is sometimes not the case. Even minor collisions can alter people’s emotional life in a continuing way that causes them to need a personal injury Tampa attorney. Here are just a few of the long-lasting emotional effects.
A sudden, unexpected disruption in life, such as an auto accident can cause depression in many people. Symptoms are sadness, inability to concentrate, and general restlessness. Some people with depression may want to sleep as they lose interest in the world around them, while others may sit and stare at nothing for hours.
An auto accident, even a minor one, can result in a mental traumatic replaying of the event. Panic attacks, separation anxiety, and sudden bouts of crying can be associated with the anxiety. The body may even develop unexpected phobias because of the apprehension.
Stress caused by a car accident can affect the body in such a way as to induce a variety of sleep disorders. While the brain may become overstimulated and cause the moment of the crash to play repeatedly, the chemicals of adrenaline and epinephrine can add to the problem by exciting the body until sleep is impossible.
Until recently, post-traumatic stress disorder was unheard of as a diagnosis after a car crash. Things turned around as science became more aware of the number of survivors that were in a state of hyper-arousal yet experienced numbing of their emotions. It is a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention.
Changes of personality patterns can be one of the most difficult of auto accident symptoms to identify and deal with. People can suffer from hallucinations, random speech disruptions, delirium, and sudden exhibitions of anger. Delusions can also be part of the new personality, and people are determined to keep their truths, even when presented with evidence to the contrary.
All of the emotional disorders listed above can appear from days to weeks after an automobile accident. If you, or anyone you know, suffer from any of the symptoms, contact a medical professional to diagnose the problem and a legal team to help you get compensation for what may be long term problems.