Is Your Mental Health Healthy after a Car or Truck Accident?

Mental Health after Car Accident

After a serious truck or car accident, you may focus on the physical injuries. You can see them; others can see them. It is obvious that you have been hurt in the accident. What is not so obvious; however, are any psychological or emotional trauma suffered. such as anxiety or depression. Mental health issues related to accidents are common yet may not arise for days or weeks or longer hiding beneath frustrations and stress.

Common Mental Health Issues After Car and Truck Accidents

You will experience a range of emotions and feelings after an accident. Some go away, some do not. The key is to identify when it goes beyond what is considered normal. Some questions to ask yourself:

Have these feelings changed the way you think and act? Have they gotten stronger? Are they interfering with your everyday life? Do you have an anxiety about riding in a vehicle or driving? Are you experiencing excessive worry or anger? Are you having nightmares or trouble sleeping?

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PTSD and phobias can result in irrational fears of riding or driving vehicles.

Post-Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD), while commonly associated with veterans returning from active duty, can occur after any traumatic event, including a car or truck accident. It can cause you to relive the accident through flashbacks and nightmares, have emotional distress or physical reactions to things that remind you of the crash, suffer angry outbursts or intense startle responses and more.

Anxiety and depression are also common for those who have been in a motor vehicle accident, causing a general sense of nervousness, fear or panic. Crash victims often experience anxiety or depression because of their injuries from the accident, going back to work, or even just normal socializing with friends and family. Troubling emotions may present as a persistent fear or sadness.

Phobias can manifest in a fear of driving or even riding in a car, making day-to-day life a bit difficult.

This roller coaster of emotions is normal; however, lasting feelings of anxiety, depression, flashbacks and nightmares can indicate you are suffering serious mental health issues. If this is the case, talk with your physician.

Signs of Mental Health Unhealthiness

These are some signs that indicate you should speak with your physician and/or a mental health provider.

  • Difficulty eating or sleeping
  • Increased anxiety or uneasiness
  • Excessive irritability or anger
  • Persistent nightmares or dreams about the accident
  • Unmanageable fear of driving or riding in cars
  • Feeling emotionally disconnected
  • Relying on drugs or alcohol to cope
  • Thoughts of hurting yourself or others
  • Your feelings begin to disrupt your daily life

Addressing mental health conditions after a car or truck accident is an important part of your overall treatment plan as it can impact your physical recovery process and your quality of life.

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Identifying and resolving emotional and mental health issues caused by a car or truck accident takes time and treatment. Contact the capable counsel you need now 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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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published June 12, 2020. It was reviewed on September 2, 2022 and updated for content and accuracy.

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