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Dealing with the emotional impact of a car crash

When you are involved in a car crash, it's likely that most people have asked if you were hurt physically, whether there was any damage to your vehicle, and who was to blame for the crash. But what is perhaps less common is for people to express concern about how the incident might have affected you emotionally.

It is common for people to suffer emotional trauma after a car accident, even if it was a relatively minor one. The intense experience can leave you fearing for your safety and the safety of your loved ones.

The trauma can also be compounded by other stressful factors, such as physical injuries that you have suffered, and dealing with the financial aspects of such an ordeal. It is important to remember that your emotional health is just as vital as your physical health, and that mental health care will likely be covered by insurance.

What are the symptoms of emotional trauma?

It has been estimated nationally that roughly 9 percent of car accident survivors go on to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This statistic does not include those who go on to suffer other mental issues after being involved in a car accident. Common signs of PTSD and similar conditions include suffering from intrusive flashbacks from the traumatic event, feelings of depression or isolation, being excessively tired and fatigued for no obvious reason, and becoming obsessive, superstitious or compulsive when it comes to certain behaviors.

What can I do about my emotional trauma?

If you think that you are suffering from emotional trauma because of being involved in a car accident, it is important that you treat it like any other injury, and seek medical help. Therapy and other forms of support will likely help you through this period of your life. Your insurance may be able to help finance the costs of these types of treatment.

If you are suffering after a traumatic car accident in Arkansas, it is important to remember that help and support is available. Emotional trauma and PTSD are treatable conditions, and insurance claims can provide essential financing.

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