Most people think about the physical effects that a car accident injury can have on one’s life, but many often forget about the psychological injuries that car accidents can cause.

Driving or pedestrian anxiety is a common effect after being involved in a collision.  You can become nervous driving, have panic attacks when you are a passenger in a car, or be afraid to cross the street as a pedestrian.  This is normal, and most people will get over this.  Some do not.  It can be crippling for a person not to have the confidence to drive or walk, and you lose your freedom and independence.

Depression is another common injury that can result from a car accident.  If you are having a difficult time dealing with the pain from your physical injuries, or your inability to work starts to causes financial pressure and worries, you need to tell your doctor.  Your doctor can refer you to a psychologist or a psychiatrist to help you overcome this.

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, can easily occur after a car or pedestrian accident.  Injured people often have flashbacks to the accident, nightmares about the accident, and become very startled while riding or driving a car.  Some avoid the intersection where the collision occurred, or simply avoid driving entirely.  Your doctor needs to know about these things, so they can properly assess you, and make recommendations for psychological treatment or medication to help you overcome these symptoms.

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