Updated: Apr 27, 2022
PTSD happens as a result of having a traumatic experience. There are many different situations that can cause PTSD in a person. Many veterans in the armed forces experience PTSD after they have been involved in a war or combat. The things that they have seen can haunt them for years. Child abuse, witnessing a crime, being mugged or being attacked can all have traumatic effects. Many women even experience PTSD after something like a pregnancy loss or loss of a child. Being in a car crash can also cause these kinds of symptoms, especially if the crash was life-threatening or if you or a passenger suffered severe injuries.
While just about anyone can experience PTSD to some degree, there are certain people that will be more prone to developing it. Someone who has already been diagnosed or has dealt with depression or anxiety can quickly experience a flare-up of symptoms and PTSD symptoms when they are exposed to something catastrophic like a car accident. Children often experience it because they are young. They have yet to see the world in a way that adults have. Certain risk factors can increase the chance of developing PTSD, including poor ability to cope with traumatic events and current mental health conditions.
How to Cope
If you have recently been involved in a traumatic car accident or know someone who has, you will need to find a way to cope, seek treatment and move past this situation. There are trauma therapists and social workers who can help you. There are even treatments like hypnosis and rapid eye desensitization that are showing promising results for people who are dealing with PTSD.
Don’t be too hard on yourself if you are exhibiting symptoms of PTSD. Take the time that you need in order to process what has gone on. You should seek assistance from a mental health professional who can point you in the right direction of dealing with your symptoms and overcoming this disorder. There is hope for people with PTSD. You just have to be proactive in order to be successful and to live a healthy life moving forward.
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