Emotional suffering is one of the most common effects of traumatic accidents. It is also one of the most commonly misunderstood. While many people assume that their feelings are “normal” or that they will simply go away, the reality is that emotional suffering is a diagnosable condition that can impact accident victims for years.
Emotional suffering is also a treatable condition. When recovering from an accident, seeking treatment for the accident’s emotional effects is an important part of the recovery process. Importantly, accident victims can seek compensation for the financial and non-financial costs of their emotional suffering.
If you suffered an injury because of someone else’s negligence, it’s important to understand your rights under the law. Experienced personal injury attorney Mickey Fine has helped injury victims throughout Bakersfield for more than 25 years. He is passionate about helping you achieve the justice and compensation you deserve for your physical, emotional, and financial losses.
5 Signs of Emotional Suffering After a Traumatic Accident
According to the Wright Institute Los Angeles (WILA), the following are five of the primary signs of emotional suffering after a traumatic accident:
1. Noticing Changes in Your Personality
After an accident, you might notice that you just don’t feel like yourself. You don’t have your usual energy, you aren’t engaged at work, and you aren’t interested in seeing your friends and neighbors. You might find yourself talking to your significant other less than you used to, and you might not be as present when spending time with your children.
Changes in personality are a common sign of emotional suffering after an accident. If you notice that you are acting differently, if people react to you differently, or if your significant other says something, you should not ignore it. Instead, you should take your (or your loved one’s) concern seriously and consider speaking with a professional.
2. Feeling Agitated
Feeling agitated is also commonly a sign of emotional suffering. MedlinePlus, a publication of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), recommends seeking treatment if your feelings of agitation following an accident:
- Last a long time,
- Are severe,
- Are accompanied by thoughts of hurting yourself or others, and/or
- Occur with other symptoms of emotional suffering.
According to MedlinePlus, finding a calm environment and getting plenty of sleep can help to ease feelings of agitation in some cases. However, once again, the best thing you can do is to consult with a professional if you have any concerns about your psychological health or emotional wellbeing.
3. Feeling Withdrawn
Feelings of withdrawal are common among traumatic accident victims as well. If you are typically an outgoing person but lately you have felt more like keeping to yourself, this could be a result of your accident. For some people, withdrawal is the result of feeling uncomfortable about physical injuries or feeling embarrassed about being involved in an accident. For others, it is purely a psychological consequence of experiencing a traumatic event. In any case, feeling withdrawn is not something to ignore, but rather something to discuss with your doctor.
4. Feeling Hopeless
Hopeless is another feeling that is closely associated with trauma. It is also closely associated with depression, which is relatively common among victims of severe traumatic injuries.
For many people, feelings of hopelessness are paired with the feeling of being overwhelmed. The recovery process after a serious accident can be long and difficult, and it can seem like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. But, you can get through it, and help is available. If you are struggling to see a way forward, you should not give up, but instead, talk to someone who can help guide you through the recovery process.
5. Poor Self-Care
If you haven’t been taking care of yourself to the same extent that you did prior to your accident, this could be a sign that you should speak with someone about the coping process.
Regardless of the specific symptoms you are experiencing, if you are having trouble coping with the effects of a traumatic accident, you should seek professional help. If you would like, we are more than happy to help you find someone to talk to in the Bakersfield area.
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The emotional toll of a serious accident can affect nearly every aspect of your life. You shouldn’t face your hardships alone. The Law Offices of Mickey Fine can help you understand your rights, explain your legal options, and pursue the full and fair compensation you deserve for your physical and emotional injuries.
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