Dealing With the Emotional Trauma of an Atlanta Car Accident

It's a beautiful day in Atlanta.  You are enjoying your day, enjoying your drive, enjoying your life, and suddenly you become a victim of an Atlanta traffic accident.  Any near-death experiences can have a deep impact on your life.  But, when a day suddenly goes from terrific to tragic, you can have a hard time feeling safe again.  
After a Georgia car crash, an accident victim may be afraid to drive again.  He may have panic attacks or nightmares about the accident.  He may feel guilty about surviving the accident or worry about those who did not.  He may overreact to loud noises and may startle easily.

How do you deal with the emotional trauma of an Atlanta car accident?

Everyone suffers emotional trauma in their own way. Typical emotional symptoms after a car accident may include any of the following:

  • Shock
  • Denial or disbelief or a feeling that of disconnection from the accident
  • Withdrawal from family, friends, or normal activities
  • Emotional numbness
  • Anger, irritability, stress
  • Edginess or agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Mood swings
  • Confusion
  • Guilt or self-blame
  • Sadness or hopelessness
  • Difficulty concentrating

Emotional trauma can also cause physical symptoms. These symptoms may last a few days or as long as a few months, but they will fade with time and emotional healing. Physical symptoms can include:

  • Insomnia, nightmares, or other sleep disturbances
  • A racing heartbeat
  • Aches and pains
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Muscle tension

For most people, the emotional trauma subsides with time. Talking to a trusted friend or family member can help. Talking to a psychologist or professional counselor may be even more helpful. An accident victim may be more likely to discuss feelings with a professional.
When emotional trauma does not subside on its own, the accident victim may have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD commonly develops after a life-threatening situation. Victims of PTSD often relive the traumatic events they experienced through flashbacks or nightmares. We have listed the symptoms of PTSD in our blog post: "PTSD After An Atlanta Car Crash: Know the Signs".
Atlanta accident victims are entitled to compensation for their emotional trauma. An Atlanta auto injury lawyer can tell you more. If you are an Atlanta accident victim and have questions about compensation, contact Shane Smith Law at (980) 246-2656. Ask to schedule a free consultation with an Atlanta auto injury lawyer. 
For more information about compensation after an Atlanta car accident, download our free book, 10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Georgia Wreck Case.