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3 facts about post-traumatic stress disorder after a crash

While physical injuries are often the most obvious injury associated with a car accident, the emotional trauma that a person suffers can be just as devastating and life altering. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one mental health issue that can occur after a car crash. This is a condition that is treatable, but is often misunderstood.

PTSD affects men more than women

PTSD affects approximately twice as many men as women when it comes to car accidents, according to one large study that was done on the subject by the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs. In fact, accidents are the leading cause of PTSD in men, but they are the second leading cause in women. In any given year, approximately one percent of the country's population will be injured in a motor vehicle accident. Each of these accidents is one that can be associated with PTSD.

PTSD can be treated

It is possible for PTSD to be treated; however, it isn't always treated because many people who suffer from it won't go get the help they need because of the stigma of the condition. In some cases, people are so focused on getting treatments for their physical conditions that they don't realize the need for the mental impacts of the accident to get treated when they are impacting life activities.

In some cases, the victims don't get help for six months to a year after the accident because they don't realize that their feelings and thoughts aren't normal. Treatment options for PTSD include mental health treatments, such as counseling, cognitive therapy, and behavior therapy.

PTSD severity is impacted by certain variables

One big factor that impacts the likelihood of PTSD occurring after a car accident is the severity of the injuries that occurred in the crash. Severe injuries are more likely to lead to PTSD. Factors that were present before the accident and some that occur after the accident can also have an impact on whether you suffer from PTSD or not. Poor social support or a pre-existing mental health condition before the accident are two of these factors. Not being able to return to the activities that you were participating in before the accident is an example of a post-accident PTSD variable with a negative impact.

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