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Can PTSD occur as the result of a car accident?

Maryland residents may wonder if it is possible to develop post-traumatic stress after a car accident. The fact is that it can be common for an individual to develop symptoms of this medical condition whenever a traumatic event takes place. The emotional experiences of post-traumatic stress can often exaggerate the normal feelings that occur after a car accident, including shock that the event happened, difficulty accepting that it really did take place, anger about the situation or fear that it may happen again. Replaying the memories over and over again may also be an indicator that PTSD has developed.

In order to determine whether an individual is experiencing typical emotions related to a traumatic event or has developed PTSD, it is important to evaluate whether the symptoms are ongoing or not. Emotions tend to go away with enough time but in the case of PTSD, they may linger for an excessive period.

Medical professionals believe that an individual can find several different ways to cope with these emotional struggles, such as talking to a counselor or friends about the traumatic event. Exercising regularly and engaging in social activities has also been shown to alleviate symptoms. Facing the fears associated with the event can be an important step to the recovery process. As an example, if a car accident caused unusual amounts of anxiety, it is important that the individual does not avoid being in a car afterwards.

Visiting a physician may also be necessary in combating the symptoms of PTSD. Since this medical condition is so common, a physician may be able to recommend additional steps to assist in overcoming the symptoms associated with it. Car accidents happen every day and can cause physical and emotional injuries. A personal injury lawyer may be able to help an injured victim obtain compensation for ongoing medical treatment and other damages.

Source: FamilyDoctor.org, "Post-traumatic Stress After a Traffic Accident," Accessed on Jan. 9, 2015

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