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Psychological Effects of Car Accidents

Psychological Effects of Car Accidents

A car accident, regardless of the intensity and the damage, can be a nerve-wracking experience. Aside from the financial burden and physical pain, car crash victims who get treatment at Ritecare Medical Center auto clinic in Hialeah come in struggling with the emotional scars that could lead to a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A study in the journal of Medicine revealed that survivors of road traffic accidents are 22.5% more likely to develop psychiatric disorders, especially if they were not able to process their experience well. Experts also project that the psychological effects of car accidents could become the third leading cause of disability if the condition is mitigated, or not managed as soon as the signs occur.  Symptoms of PTSD After a Car Accident You’re likely suffering from the psychological effects of a car accident if you experience the following tell-tale signs: Your heart races and your chest tightens when you hear a car engine, horn or when brakes go off.Your mind relives memories of the accident over and over. Your shoulder and neck muscles tense up even during short car rides.You also refuse to get back to driving. You’re more wary of what’s around you and see these as potential threats. Even if you managed to drive, you avoid certain locations, or have imagined fears while you’re behind the wheel. Over time, these signs may disappear as you slowly get back to your normal routine. However, there are some car crash victims who develop new psychological symptoms like insomnia, mood swings and quick anger, phobias, and feelings of detachment or estrangement. These are the classic symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder....



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