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Dealing with car accident-related PTSD

Even though your everyday car has crumple zones, seat belts, airbags and other safety enhancements, a serious car accident still may leave you with catastrophic physical injuries. These may range from broken bones to internal injuries or even paralysis. Regrettably, your mental health may also suffer.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a psychiatric condition that affects those who have either been through a traumatic event or witnessed one. If you have PTSD, you may experience flashbacks, nightmares, mood swings or insomnia. Fortunately, some coping mechanisms may help you manage the condition.

Prioritize self-care

You may be able to diminish the negative consequences of PTSD by prioritizing self-care. Self-care not only includes eating healthy foods, sleeping enough hours and exercising, but it may also involve practicing yoga, socializing, playing games or doing anything else that puts you into a relaxed mental state.

Determine what you can control

After your PTSD diagnosis, you may have some anxiety or fears about activities or events you go through daily. It is important to remember you cannot control everything. By devoting your energy to things that are within your control, you may stress less about other things.

Ask for professional help

There is no shame in seeking professional help for PTSD or other psychiatric disorders. Remember, psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals have a variety of tools, such as light therapy, to help you manage your PTSD. Taking advantage of their expertise may help you make headway.

Even though your mental health may never be quite the same again, you do not have to surrender to your PTSD. Ultimately, pursuing financial compensation from the driver who caused the accident may give you the monetary resources you need to fight back.