The psychological effects of a North Carolina highway accident are all too often overlooked. One of the most important of those effects is post-traumatic stress disorder. When a person witnesses or experiences a dangerous or life-threatening event outside of his control, his reaction to fear changes in a way that can disrupt daily activities.
Even after the physical injuries have healed from a Jacksonville or Wilmington car crash, the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder can linger on. If you have been experiencing irritability, irrational worries, nightmares, or occasional flashbacks following a North Carolina auto accident, you may benefit from modern therapies.
Unfortunately, three hurdles could stand in your way. You must find a way to overcome these barriers to get the help you need.
Hurdle 1: Admit Your Need For Help
PTSD after a traffic accident cannot be expected to improve without treatment. Finding the motivation to seek treatment can be a challenge. PTSD tends to cause avoidant behavior, making it harder for those who need help to commit to medical appointments that might dredge up unpleasant feelings.
Here, as in so much of life, your family can be a great help. If your family members notice you have been struggling with anxiety problems, listen to them. Ask them to help you make and keep appointments for therapy sessions.
Hurdle 2: Seek Help
This is the easiest of the hurdles to clear. Effective treatments exist in the forms of psychotherapy (“talk” therapy), medications, and cognitive behavior therapies. Many patients benefit from a combination of several different forms of therapy. Some therapists specialize in treatment for anxiety disorders, and there may be group therapy sessions available where the collective experience of all members reinforces the healing process.
Some patients may respond better to one course of treatment than another. Your personal physician or other health care provider can recommend or refer you to a trustworthy therapist or psychologist in your area.
Hurdle 3: Pay For Help
Mental health care is not cheap. Even if you are covered by a generous health insurance program, your policy may not provide equal coverage for physical and mental health problems.
If you are struggling with PTSD following a North Carolina auto accident caused by a negligent driver, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries. Your financial recovery can include money for both your immediate medical bills, and for the costs of long-term mental health treatment you may require.
To learn what recovery might be available, call Speaks Law Firm today at 910-341-7570 or toll-free at 877-593-4233 to schedule a free consultation with a Wilmington car accident lawyer. We believe that every client is our most important client, and we will do our best to get you the help you need—and the compensation you deserve.