Approximately more than 6 million automobile accidents occur in the United States each year. Being involved in a car crash is an undesirable and unexpected circumstance where a majority of individuals can suffer a variety of both physical and emotional harm. Whiplash and back complications are common injuries during auto accidents and the uneasy feelings which result from the aftermath can often be overwhelming. However, these feelings can occasionally be so strong, they can keep an individual from living a normal life after the incident.
Post-traumatic stress disorder, also referred to as PTSD, is a psychological or mental health condition that develops in people who have experienced a traumatic, horrifying event. PTSD is primarily associated with soldiers returning from combat, although, this emotional ailment is not limited to military combat situations. As a matter of fact, automobile accidents are one of the leading causes of post-traumatic stress disorder nationwide.
For most people involved in an auto collision, the feelings of shock and fear may be difficult to deal with at first, but with time, patience, and plenty of self-care, their emotional health will generally restore on its own. But, if the symptoms worsen or they last for months or even years without improvement and these begin to interfere with the individual’s everyday functioning, they could have developed PTSD.
The most difficult feature about identifying PTSD, and therefore treating it, involves the numerous, different ways the condition may arise for each person. While several people can experience the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder as bad dreams or nightmares, other can experience them as anxiety in crowded places.
Even though the symptoms of this mental health condition can vary in terms of how they surface, PTSD is characterized by four primary types of symptoms: intrusion, numbing, avoidance and arousal.
PTSD Symptoms of intrusion are identified when the individual experiences recurrent, distressing recollections of the traumatic event in the form of flashbacks. These can also appear as upsetting dreams relating to the incident or the person may encounter emotional distress when something reminds them of the event. Numbing symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder primarily involve negative feelings about oneself through an inability to experience positive emotions or feeling emotionally numb. Symptoms of avoidance include both avoiding to think or talk about the traumatic incident and/or avoiding places, activities or people which remind them of the event. And last but not least, arousal symptoms, or changes in emotional reactions, for individuals with the mental health condition involve irritability, angry outburst or aggressive behavior, paranoia and constant alertness, trouble concentrating, sleeping and being easily startled or frightened.
If you believe you may have PTSD, it’s important to make an appointment with your healthcare provider in order to properly diagnose the cause of your symptoms and formulate the correct form of treatment to begin the rehabilitation process as soon as possible. Additionally, it’s also essential to determine the presence of physical injuries resulting from the automobile accident and follow through with treatment as well.
Research has shown that whiplash-associated injuries and its symptoms could worsen with post-traumatic stress disorder. While it is still unclear how psychological symptoms can impact an individual’s experience with pain and disability, earlier research demonstrated that PTSD and hypersensitivity to pain may in fact increase the likelihood of developing chronic whiplash, ultimately making dealing with the emotional condition much more difficult. Chiropractic care is an effective, alternative treatment option utilized for a variety of injuries and conditions, including whiplash and back injuries caused by an auto collision. A doctor of chiropractic, or DC, commonly uses a series of spinal manipulations and manual adjustments to gradually restore the natural realignment of the spine, helping the individual recover the flexibility, strength, and overall health of their body as well as reducing the symptoms.
After treating your physical injuries, finding treatment for your post-traumatic disorder can help you regain a sense of control over your life. Several types of talk therapy, medically referred to as psychotherapy, are commonly known treatments for children and adults with the mental health condition while some types of medications have also been previously used to treat the symptoms. Getting treatment and support from others can help individuals recover from PTSD.
Being involved in a traumatic event such as an automobile accident can have undesirable physical and emotional effects on the human body. Although these can often be unpredictable, timely treatment of any medical conditions can help avoid complications in the future.
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