You may experience mental or emotional distress after a car crash. Emotional distress usually occurs after a traumatic experience. Bodily damage can lead to pain and suffering. Pain can cause you to lose focus on daily activities, make you forgetful, or change your mood. In turn, this can ultimately affect your relationship, work-life balance, and further impede you from your goals.

What is Emotional Distress?

Pain and suffering refers to mental and physical pain you may endure from an accident. Emotional distress or mental anguish is when something or someone’s actions cause you to suffer from:

  • Anxiety
  • Anguish
  • Depression
  • Mental Harm
  • Humiliation
  • Insomnia
  • Torment

How Do You Prove Emotional Distress?

  1. Do you have a doctor’s note proving your psychological symptoms?
  2. Is there an underlying cause of pain?
  3. Do you have bodily harm in relation to the distress?
  4. How long has your pain lasted?
  5. What is the intensity level of distress?

It’s a good idea to keep a daily journal regarding your mental or emotional health condition.

Could you have PTSD?

PTSD is an acronym for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder an ailment that emerges after an auto crash. People with PTSD suffer from vivid and disturbing memories, and may have nightmares of the crash. Most often they have flashbacks of the accidents as if it is taking place in the present.

Therefore, it is a perfect idea for victims of car crashes to seek assistance of a healthcare provider immediately. You should begin looking directly after the collision not taking into account of how severe or mild the car crash seems at the time. Additionally, if any symptoms appear several days after the accident, it is essential also to schedule an appointment with a qualified healthcare provider seek for immediate treatment and to avoid potential future problems.

Here are 7 other commonly delayed symptoms after a car accident.

Also published on Medium.