In America, more than a thousand reported car accidents take place every day. Although many of these accidents result in nothing more than a few bumps and bruises, others can cause serious mental complications. Therefore, it is crucial that citizens now the various types of acute mental illnesses that can stem from car accidents.
In some cases, a car accident can instigate or promote clinical depression in a driver. Clinical depression is a mental health disorder that causes loss of interest in a variety of activities and an overall sad state of mind. Acute depression is a common post-accident psychological illness because the complication can stem from numerous aspects of an accident.
Car Accidents Can Trigger Depression in a Variety of Ways:
- The accident can cause damage to the brain, resulting in a depressive state;
- The accident can cause extraordinary emotional stimulation of the brain, resulting in a depressive state;
- The accident can cause real-life problems (economic hardship, physical handicap, etc.) resulting in a depressive state.
Acute anxiety is arguably one of the most common post-accident mental illnesses, but many cases go unnoticed due to the desensitization of the illness. Acute anxiety can be a standalone mental complication, or it can be a symptom of a more significant problem like post-traumatic stress disorder.
Anxiety can affect a driver in some ways:
- Loss of sleep
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of performance during concentrated tasks
- Sudden dislike or aversion to driving or getting in a car
- Development of tremors, sweating, or hyperventilating when in a vehicle
- Re-living the event through dreams
Disassociation is one of the more severe acute mental complications due to the loss of memory or train of thought. Post-accident disassociation can range from having amnesia (or a total mental block) of the accident’s occurrence, to suffering a dissociative fugue, where the person leaves everything they know to go on an unexpected and unplanned journey. Although disassociation is more severe than the other complications, it is also the least common post-accident mental complication of the three.
As you can see, car accidents can cause a number of acute mental illnesses. If you or a loved one has suffered an accident due to the negligence of another, and are suffering from one of these complications, than reach out to Stern Law Group to discuss possible financial recovery options.
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