Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) After a Georgia Car Accident: What Is It? What are the Consequences? Where Can You Get Help?
PTSD United estimates that 24.4 million Americans struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) at any given time. Many suffer in the aftermath of terrifying car accidents, which the Department of Veterans Affairs cites as the traumatic event adult males most frequently experience. Keep reading to learn more about car accident-induced PTSD and how you can get help.
What is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder occurs in the aftermath of life-threatening incidents. Although typically associated with veterans, it is also regularly seen in survivors of sexual assault, terrorist attacks, and car accidents. Fear and anxiety are natural following such events, but for PTSD sufferers, this trauma takes its toll on everyday life, making it impossible to match past professional and academic achievements, or maintain positive relationships.
How Trauma Can Change You
PTSD symptoms vary significantly from one sufferer to the next. The disorder is immediately evident in some people, but in other cases, incredibly difficult to detect. Common signs of distress include:
- Constantly reliving the car accident
- Regularly revisiting the crash site
- Upsetting dreams about the collision
- Hopelessness about your future
- Feeling detached from loved ones
- Feeling easily startled (for example, responding irrationally to sudden, loud noises)
- Difficulty focusing
- Overwhelming and irrational feelings of shame
Are you concerned that you or a loved one might have PTSD? As a Georgia resident, you have access to a vast array of resources. If you’re a veteran, you can secure treatment at any VA Medical Center. Female sufferers can find support in Marissa Coleman’s Women’s Trauma Group, which regularly meets in Atlanta’s Virginia-Highland area. More intensive therapy is available at Riverwoods Behavioral Health, which employs a variety of empirically-backed approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy, music therapy, and art therapy.
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