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How to Handle Mental Trauma After a Wreck

The majority of victims in car accidents will walk away with some type of mental trauma. Car wrecks are traumatic by nature, and for the most part society expects the victims to walk away with very little impact.  The struggle is that the victims of car accidents are often fearful of getting behind the wheel, it simply can’t get themselves to drive again, and may develop extensive phobias or anxiety disorders. As we’re all moving towards better acceptance and open discussions regarding mental health, we need to consider mental trauma as well.

Mental trauma may be something that the victim must handle a short-range of time and then recovers from fully. However, mental trauma can also result in lifelong debilitating anxiety or depressive disorders. Anxiety disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder or general anxiety disorder can dramatically change the course of a person’s life. The best course to take is to handle the mental trauma immediately and treat it exactly as though you would treat physical trauma. If you’re experiencing mental trauma from a car accident, you should contact one of our Cincinnati car accident attorneys right away.

All Trauma Needs Treatment

Your brain is an organ and it can experience injury and damage far beyond the physical plane. The issue is that many people separate the idea of the brain and the mind. The mental trauma you experienced is brain oriented and psychiatrists and psychologists have fought for decades to lay on an even playing field burn treatment of mental trauma.

There are scientifically proven and backed courses of treatment or therapy to address PTSD and many other forms of mental trauma. A very high percentage of car accident victims walk away with PTSD and many don’t know what to do about it. Psychiatrists will use cognitive processing therapy, prolonged exposure therapy, and other types of therapy tailored to the needs of the victim.

psychiatric treatment it is as individual lies or personalized as medical treatment. Not every heart attack is the same and not every broken bone is the same, so it’s clear that not every instance of general anxiety disorder, phobia of driving, or PTSD is the same either.

Apps and Distance Options for Therapy

Because of covid-19, many psychiatrists and psychologists have changed how they conduct their business. But before those doctors with private practices got on board with distance treatment, other apps were ahead of the game. Applications such as Talkspace and BetterHelp we’re connecting people who need mental health assistance with licensed counselors and psychologists.

BetterHelp even goes as far as explaining that their counselors are licensed, trained, accredited, and experienced psychologists, family therapists, clinical social workers, or even professional licensed counselors. They require that all of their counselors carry a master or doctoral degree in their field. Their counselors must also carry certification through their state’s professional board.

Understand that Trauma Takes Time

Unlike a surgery you cannot simply expect trauma to go away after a short medical procedure. Mental trauma requires constant revisiting and evaluation of your progress.  This is why psychiatrists and therapists look so closely at where you started and how far you come through your therapy.

For those with PTSD, treatment maybe a matter of learning how to live with the anxiety disorder. Not all forms of mental trauma are curable, and not everyone will return to the level of confidence or security they had before the crash. Anxiety and depressive disorders will often demand ongoing care for years or the remainder of the victim’s life. It’s critical that you work with professionals to assess the full extent of the situation.

Ensure That Your Trauma Factors Into Your Compensation — Cincy Car Accident Lawyers

After Cincinnati car accident and you should contact Young, Reverman and Mazzei where we can help you assess the damages of the wreck. We look at property damage, physical damage, and the mental trauma you experienced. If, because of the mental trauma you were not able to return to work or drive regularly then those elements need to be factored into your compensation. Our attorneys are well experienced and utilize their skills in negotiation tactics and case building to lay out exactly how your anxiety or depressive symptoms led to extensive damages.

Working with our team means having someone in your corner for your insurance claim resolution. And, if Insurance isn’t going to work with you then we’ll take the case to court. Moving a case of forward is often a struggle, but it’s not something that we’re going to back down from. We don’t back down from high-powered insurance attorneys and we don’t back down from insurance companies that are trying to downplay the victim’s experience.

Jay A. Bolotin is a partner at the injury law firm of Young, Reverman & Bolotin. Serving the people of Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, Jay dedicates his career to helping clients in the tri-state area obtain financial compensation after suffering serious injuries. He focuses his practice on cases involving car accidents, trucking accidents, dog bites and animal attacks, and other types of personal injury incidents.

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