A Florida car accident can leave you with a life-altering injury. The physical injury is not the only thing that can alter your life.
PTSD is common after traumatic events making car accidents one of the top causes of the mental disorder.
According to US News Health, emotional and physical scars are common after a traumatic event. Unfortunately, the physical effects of the car accident are easier to diagnose and treat. PTSD may not affect your life until a month or more after the accident happened.
The hospital doctors immediately treat physical injuries such as broken bones, damaged organs and loss of blood. However, the emotional impact of the accident may take a while to appear and usually does not happen while you are in the hospital.
The reason PTSD is often difficult to diagnose is that you may not even realize you have it. Once home, you may start noticing things are not what they once were but may not recognize these prolonged elevated reactions and emotions are PTSD.
Medical professionals often discuss the emotional symptoms of PTSD such as suicidal thoughts, angry outbursts, disconnected feelings and increased irritability, but few people realize there are physical symptoms of the disorder as well. You may experience trouble sleeping or eating, have headaches, experience sweating or feel like your heart beats rapidly.
Not everyone experiences all symptoms or the same severity of symptoms. If you feel that you may have some of these symptoms following a car accident, it is important to speak to a medical professional. There are many treatments available for PTSD that can help you.