How To Claim Damages For Suffering Depression After Car Accident
Data from the National Council for Mental Wellbeing shows that 70% of American adults have experienced trauma at some point in their lives. That’s a whopping 223.4 million people!
Trauma can occur when a person is overwhelmed by events such as childhood neglect, physical/emotional/sexual abuse, grief and loss, war and other forms of violence, and major accidents.
There is a direct correlation between trauma and physical and mental injuries such as migraines, insomnia, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, cardiovascular disease, depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
Common Mental Health Issues Caused By Car Accidents
There are countless ways you could get injured in a car accident, but many victims suffer from one of the following mental effects:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
A person who suffers or witnesses a stressful event may experience post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD.
PTSD can occur in response to various types of traumatic experiences, such as military combat, natural disasters, assault, accidents, or any event that poses a serious threat to one’s life or well-being.
Major Depressive Disorder
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), commonly known as depression, is a mental health disorder characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a loss of interest or pleasure in activities. It goes beyond the normal ups and downs of life and significantly impacts a person’s daily functioning and overall well-being.
Understanding Feelings Of Depression After a Car Accident
It’s common to experience a wide range of emotions after a car accident. Possible emotions include fear, shock, anger, confusion, anxiety, or sadness.
Most likely, you’re concerned about how your injuries will affect your daily life—at work, at home, and financially.
For triggering the collision that has altered your life, the other motorist (or their insurance company) may be the target of your intense resentment.
How Car Accidents Can Cause Depression
Your body is flooded with stress chemicals during a stressful event, such as a car accident, which can make you feel anxious, jittery, and disoriented. You might even experience numbness or sadness later.
There are several ways in which car accidents can lead to depression: