Being in a car accident can have a huge impact on both your mental and physical health. The physical injuries can stay with you for many months, impacting your ability to work, be independent and simply enjoy life without being in constant pain.
All of this, with the addition of the traumatic experience of the car accident, can have a detrimental impact on your mental health. People suffer in different ways; some start to feel depressed and withdraw from social activities, while others may deal with crippling anxiety. A combination of these symptoms could be a sign of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The following is an overview of how to generally work toward improving your mental health after a car accident.
Seek professional help
Getting the opinion of a mental health professional will help you to gain a diagnosis, which could answer a lot of questions. It’s likely that receiving a diagnosis will help you to feel less alone and more hopeful about treating your condition. It is likely that a combination of medication and therapy will greatly improve the way that you feel.
Find something you love
If you have debilitating injuries, you may have to relearn to love your life in the aftermath of a car accident. Make sure that you take things slow and remember that you won’t fall back in love with life overnight. Instead, remember to be curious — joy may come in the most unexpected of places. Try reading and writing, and art, since all of these can be therapeutic and improve quality of life.
Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may be able to exercise. Speak to your doctor and try exercising as much as they permit since this can release endorphins and when done safely can promote recovery.
If you have been involved in a serious car accident, make sure that you consider taking legal action against the other party to gain back the damages that you deserve.