After being involved in a car wreck, most people know what to do:
- Call the Colorado Springs Police. (Dial 911 or, if there are no injuries, dial 444-7000.)
- Seek medical attention.
- Find a Springs lawyer.
Your lawyer can help you deal with insurance agents (yours and theirs), connect you with the best medical help available for your injury and oversee all your medical and car repair bills. Your lawyer is unfortunately not able to turn off the anxiety and stress you may feel after your car wreck.
This type of ongoing anxiety is called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). You may think it’s experienced only by those who survive wars and large-scale natural disasters. The truth is, though, PTSD can affect anyone who experiences something terrifying. Mirriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines trauma as “an emotional upset.” Sure that means varied things to varied people, but most of us would probably consider a car wreck to be a trigger for emotional upset!
Nightmares, distracted thoughts and flashbacks are some of the symptoms you’d expect post-car wreck, but if in the days or weeks after the wreck you notice ongoing feelings of stress, anger or “edginess,” find that you can’t eat, sleep or concentrate on everyday activities, then you are experiencing a severe emotional reaction to the accident. It’s imperative to get some mental health treatment when you feel like this.
Talking with doctors is never something to feel embarrassed about. Medical professional are in the business of helping you feel better physically and mentally. Mental health is brain health, and that’s very important to your quality of life.
If you need mental and emotional help after a car wreck but don’t know where to start, Peak Vista Community Health Centers offers many services at their non-profit outpatient care centers through El Paso and Teller Counties. Contact them without delay so you can stay on the road to recovery.
To find out more about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, its symptoms, causes and treatments, visit the National Institutes for Mental Health.