Auto accident survivors sometimes suffer from more than physical injuries. In some cases, the mental anguish of surviving traumatic experiences can leave people emotionally scarred for the rest of their lives. Mental health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are common after surviving auto accidents. PTSD is a serious anxiety disorder, which can cause insomnia, depression, panic attacks and flashbacks of traumatizing events.
For some accident survivors, the symptoms might appear to be unmanageable. However, there are ways to regain a semblance of their old lives and treat PTSD symptoms.
Can Auto Accident Survivors Manage PTSD Symptoms?
- People with PTSD may benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which can help accident survivors understand how to cope with symptoms. For example, CBT can help survivors understand and identify “triggers” that bring on PTSD symptoms.
- Exposure therapy can help accident survivors talk about their memories with therapists. Confronting uncomfortable thoughts helps control feelings about traumatic memories.
- Mindfulness exercises have become a new method for controlling symptoms of anxiety and depression. However, research is ongoing to use mindfulness exercises in the treatment of PTSD. Mindfulness exercises include activities such as meditation and breathing activities.
- Some medications can help accident survivors manage PTSD symptoms. The most common medications are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
- Group therapy can help people with PTSD come together and share their experiences. By sharing, the group may become more comfortable discussing their traumatic experiences.
Recovering from an auto accident can take lots of time and money from individuals and families. However, there are resources available to help you recover. Follow Metier Law Firm on Facebook for future updates on how to overcome obstacles of surviving an auto accident.
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