When it comes to experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder after a car accident, it is important for victims and their health care providers to be on high alert for signs of the condition. Early detection and treatment can help to alleviate some of the victims’ suffering. Research has shown that there are certain risk factors that indicate a likelihood that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will develop after an accident. Learning about these risk factors can help you understand whether it is time to reach out for further help after an accident.
Pre-Accident Risk Factors for PTSD
Prior to an accident, certain risk factors may already exist for developing post-traumatic stress disorder, including the following:
- Poor ability to cope with trauma.
- Pre-existing mental health problems, such as depression or anxiety.
- Poor social support.
These characteristics have all been linked to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder after an accident.
Accident-Related Risk Factors for PTSD
In addition to variables that exist prior to an accident, factors that relate to the accident itself can also indicate a likelihood of the development of post-traumatic stress disorder. These variables include the following:
- The extent of the physical injuries suffered.
- Whether the injuries were life-threatening.
- Loss of significant others with regard to the accident.
Essentially, the amount of your physical injuries and your fear of dying as a result of the crash impact your chance of developing PTSD.
Post-Accident Risk Factors for PTSD
Following the accident, additional risk factors indicate a likelihood of developing post-traumatic stress disorder. These include:
- How quickly you physically recover from the injuries suffered in the accident.
- How much social support you receive from friends and family.
- How quickly you actively re-engage in work and social activities after the accident.
Knowing what to do next after a car accident, both with regard to your emotional and physical injuries as well as protecting your legal rights, is crucial to ensuring that you obtain the compensation and treatment that you deserve. We encourage you to contact us today at 470-819-2273 for more information.