We often discuss the physical repercussions of car accidents, but mental injuries can be devastating as well. Unfortunately, victims are less likely to seek treatment for their emotional trauma than they are the physical injuries. 

An experienced Florida car accident lawyer at Lytal, Reiter,  Smith, Ivey & Fronrath can help you through this difficult time. We’ll handle all the legal paperwork and negotiations, so you can focus on your mental and physical recovery. 

Contact us today at (561) 655-1990 for a free consultation.

Common Mental Injuries Post-Accident

Shock and disbelief are common in the aftermath of a car accident. You may feel numb, dazed, or confused. You might also feel angry, anxious, or guilty. These feelings are normal – but it’s important to deal with them head-on.

Talk to someone who understands what you’re going through. Friends or family members can be a great support system, but sometimes a therapist or counselor is best. If you don’t feel like talking, try writing in a journal or listening to music.

It’s also important to take care of yourself physically. Get enough sleep, eat a balanced diet, and exercise when you can. 

Car accidents are a major stressor, but with time and support, you can recover both mentally and physically. Contact Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath today for help getting started.

PTSD After a Car Accident

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common mental health condition that can develop after a traumatic event, such as a car accident. Symptoms can include flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, depression, and difficulty sleeping.

If you think you might be experiencing PTSD after a car accident, it’s important to seek help. PTSD can be treated with therapy and/or medication. With treatment, you can learn to manage your symptoms and live a normal life.

How long does PTSD last after a car accident?

The length of time PTSD lasts after a car accident can vary. Some people experience symptoms for months or even years after the crash. Others may only experience symptoms for a short time.

What’s most important to know is that PTSD is common and treatable. Getting treatment early gives you the best chance of a complete, speedy recovery. 

Anxiety After a Car Accident

Anxiety is another common reaction to car accidents. You might feel anxious or nervous all the time, have trouble sleeping, or feel like you’re constantly on edge.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by anxiety after a car accident, help is available. There are many treatments available, including therapy, medication, and self-care. With treatment, you can learn to manage your anxiety and live a normal life.

Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath can help you get the support you need. Call us now at (561) 655-1990.

Depression  After a Car Accident

It might be surprising to learn that depression is a relatively common result of car accidents. The accident may have caused a physical injury that changed your career or daily life. Or, the financial impacts of a crash could have you feeling depressed over debt.

Common symptoms of depression include persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness, disinterest in usual activities, and changes in eating and sleeping patterns. Like PTSD and anxiety, depression can be treated, so talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

Getting Back Behind the Wheel After a Car Accident

It can be scary to get back behind the wheel after a car accident. You might feel nervous or scared every time you drive. The truth is, a lot of people develop a phobia of driving after an accident, but they can and do get better. 

It’s important to take things slow and ease back into driving. Start with short trips and gradually increase the distance.

If you’re having trouble getting back behind the wheel, Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath can help. Contact us today for more information.

Tips for Recovering Mentally From a Car Accident

  1. Talk to someone who understands what you’re going through.
  2. Get enough sleep, eat healthy foods, and exercise.
  3. Take care of yourself physically.
  4. Seek professional treatment for PTSD, anxiety, or depression.
  5. Give yourself time  – it may take a while for things to get back to normal.
  6. Journal or listen to music to help you process your feelings.
  7. Reach out to friends or family members for support.
  8. Remember that you are not alone.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath today for a free consultation. We can help you get started on the road to recovery.

Seek Mental Help After a Car Accident

After a car accident, you wouldn’t deny treatment for a broken bone and hope it’ll get better on its own. The same should apply to the mental trauma a car accident causes. Therapy can help you manage your symptoms and learn how to live a normal life. 

If you’re struggling to cope mentally after a car accident, seek help. While you’re recuperating, let Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath work on your case. We can help you get the compensation you need to pay for treatment. 

Contact us today for a free consultation.