Coping With Anxiety After a Car Accident

Car accidents can be life-changing events. The emotional distress you feel can lead to avoidance of driving and fear of getting into another accident. You may have trouble sleeping or experience nightmares or flashbacks of the accident, among other things. Sleep disturbances are common after-effects. Coping with anxiety after a car accident takes time and often the help of a professional health care provider.  These suggestions and tips can help you get started on your recovery.

Please note, these are general suggestions not medical advice. Please see a professional who can treat your specific condition.

Coping With Anxiety after a Car Accident

Increase self-care. Anxiety can lead to neglect of your basic needs: sleeping, eating, exercising, staying social. Use family and friends to help you get back into your routine and stay engaged. They can help you regain your confidence and will help celebrate your progress. Participating in favored or new hobbies, other recreational activities and physical activity can be good distractions.

Part of self-care is obtaining the professional help you may need. A professional mental health care provider can help you process the accident and reduce your anxiety, especially if symptoms fail to improve and/or impact your daily life – work, home, relationships.

support group car accident professional treatment emotional distressBuild up your support network. Reach out to friends, family, co-workers, and others. A good resource can be survivor’s support groups. You may find it easier to talk with people who have gone through similar traumatic experiences, who understand your fears and feelings of frustration, and who may have suggestions that will help you move forward.

Relaxation and breathing exercises are a common self-management tool for those who suffer from anxiety.

Do not underestimate the power of journaling. Writing details about the accident, how it impacted you and your feelings can help you express emotions you are unwilling or unable to share with your support network. It can also be helpful should you decide to seek treatment or pursue a personal injury claim.


Use these resources to learn more about anxiety and other mental health issues. Your medical provider can provide you with more.



Identifying and resolving emotional and mental health issues caused by a car or truck accident takes time and treatment. These are health issues that may need to be considered when pursuing a personal injury claim. Contact the capable counsel of the Nash & Franciskato team at (877) 284-6600. One of our experienced staff will speak with you personally and provide you with a free, no-obligation case evaluation.



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