There is no question that a person can suffer severe physical injuries in a car accident. What many people do not realize is just how serious the psychological impact can be too. It is all too common for a person involved in a serious car accident to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, aka PTSD.
If you believe that you are suffering from PTSD, keep reading to learn about four options to deal with this terrible situation. If the accident was the result of someone else acting carelessly or negligently, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
- Consider Therapy
- Try the RAIN Method
- Take Advantage of a Support System
- Know What Your “Outs” Are
There are several types of therapy that have the potential to help you through this period of PTSD. Avoidance therapy helps you learn what your triggers are and find ways to avoid allowing them to trigger you. The second option is behavioral therapy, in which you learn how to move through the negative feelings to the other side. These are both difficult options, but they can provide significant positive results.
If you do not want to see a therapist, you can try the RAIN method on your own. This is an acronym that stands for: Recognize, Allow, Investigate, and Non-Defining. First, you recognize that you are dealing with trauma. Second, you stop fighting it and allow your body to go through this process. Third, you investigate the source of your triggers. Finally, you learn how to define yourself in other ways other than a person with PTSD.
These could be loved ones you can trust who can help you through the process of healing. It could be a support group for other people who have PTSD or other survivors of severe car accidents. It could just be a support group for people who are having a hard time. Whoever is in the group can help you not feel so alone.
While you are healing from PTSD, it can be helpful to know what your outs are. These refer to situations that you know are going to trigger an episode. Knowing what they are ahead of time and having a plan to get away from them can not only help prevent episodes but can give you confidence when you go out that you will know what to do if a situation arises.
At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, we know how life-changing PTSD can be. If you are in need of a personal injury attorney who can help you recover compensation for your injuries, then we invite you to contact us now. You can call 800-333-0000 to request a free legal consultation.