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I was in a car accident and have been unable to sleep due to nightmares. What is wrong with me?

A car accident can be a significant trauma that results in anxiety and emotional upset for many people, in addition to the physical pain and discomfort.  Often times, victims of a collision are afraid to drive, afraid to get into a car, or cannot sleep due to nightmares.  If a child or loved one was also in the car, this can add to the anxiety, anger, fear and frustration.  Lack of sleep and physical pain only aggravates the situation and further impairs the accident victim’s ability to cope.  Anxiety disorders can result following exposure to any event that causes psychological trauma – a car accident would certainly qualify as such an event.  If the symptoms only last several days, but begin to dissipate on their own it is referred to as an acute stress response.  Should the symptoms continue and perhaps worsen over time, it is possible the victim is exhibiting symptoms of a much more serious condition known as post traumatic stress disorder.  If this sounds like you or someone you care about, we at Park Chenaur can help you find a counselor or psychologist to help work through the effects of the trauma and assist with insurance coverage issues.  Healing from the emotional aspects of a car accident can be a critical component of comprehensive treatment and is just as important as treating the physical injuries. 


Posted By Park Chenaur on June 30, 2010 10:39 am | Permalink 
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