Understanding the symptoms and what to do about it…
Those unfortunate enough to have been involved in an accident at some point may remember the feelings associated with trauma. For some, the symptoms that come with trauma can be debilitating and have a major impact on your every day life, even though these effects may only occur much later in life.
This is why it is so important to take care of yourself after an accident. Seeking trauma counseling is the first place to start.
“Motor vehicle accidents are considered the leading cause of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the general population and car accidents are the number on trauma for men and the second most frequent trauma for women,” says Arrive Alive.
Below is some handy information by Arrive Alive to help you understand what the symptoms of trauma after a motor accident are, and what to do if you or someone you know may be affected:
It is important to note that developing symptoms is never a sign of weakness. People who go through traumatic experiences often have certain symptoms and problems afterward. How severe these symptoms are depends on the person, the type of trauma involved, and the emotional support they receive from others. Reactions to and symptoms of trauma can be wide and varied, and differ in severity from person to person. A traumatized individual may experience one or several of them. Sometimes these responses can be delayed, for months or even years after the event. Often people do not initially associate their symptoms with the precipitating trauma.
Common personal and behavioral effects of emotional trauma:
Common effects of emotional trauma on interpersonal relationships:
Additional Symptoms Associated with a Severe Precipitating Event
Re-experiencing the trauma
Emotional numbing and avoidance
Why can an event cause an emotionally traumatic response in one person and not in another? There is no clear answer to this question, but it is likely that one or more of these factors are involved:
What if symptoms don’t go away, or appear at a later time?
Over time, even without professional treatment, symptoms of an emotional trauma generally subside, and normal daily functioning gradually returns. However, even after time has passed, sometimes the symptoms don’t go away. Or they may appear to be gone, but surface again in another stressful situation. When a person’s daily life functioning or life choices continue to be affected, a post-traumatic stress disorder may be the problem, requiring professional assistance.
The good news is that psychological interventions are effective in preventing many long-term effects.
Traditional approaches to treating emotional trauma include:
An Intervention and Support Strategy could include the following:
Much attention, effort and funding have been focused on creating awareness of road safety. It is also important that we do not neglect the injured victims, survivors and the professionals who have to deal with trauma every day. The Arrive Alive Road Safety website commits towards providing information on trauma counseling to increase awareness of this important aspect of road safety. For more information click here.