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What are the lasting emotional effects of Ohio car accidents?

Being involved in a car accident is a traumatic experience for anyone. While some people might think that the effects of the car accident end as soon as the physical injuries heal, that isn't always the case. Some people might experience post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the car accident. Our Ohio readers might find this information fascinating.

What is post-traumatic stress disorder?

Post-traumatic stress disorder occurs after something that was scary results in physical harm. Even if you weren't in the accident or hurt in the accident, you can still suffer from PTSD just by seeing the accident and its effects. While it is normal to experience some PTSD-like symptoms for a short time after the accident, experiencing long-term PTSD symptoms could mean you have PTSD. In some cases, the symptoms might not appear for weeks or months after the accident.

What are some symptoms of PTSD?

If you suffer from PTSD, you might have trouble sleeping, be easily startled and feel like you are always on edge. You might have nightmares or flashbacks. In some cases, those might be caused by triggers that remind you of the accident. You might also feel guilty, depressed or numb. In some cases, you might avoid things that remind you of the accident, which might include a fear of getting into a vehicle again.

Anyone who is having trouble dealing with the accident should seek professional help. Getting the help you need can be expensive, but seeking compensation might help to minimize the effect the accident has on your bank account.

Source: WomansHealth.gov, "Anxiety disorders fact sheet" accessed Jan. 14, 2015

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