Were you injured in a car accident in Fresno, CA?  Are you finding it difficult to return to your normal activities because of overwhelming fear or anxiety? Are you suffering from depression that is preventing you from working or taking care of your family? Do you have nightmares about the car accident or do you relive the details of the car accident in your mind frequently?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may be suffering from Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) related PTSD.

What is MVA-Related PTSD?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is often associated with military men and women who have been to war; however, any traumatic, frightening, dangerous, or shocking event can result in PTSD.  Being in a car accident is a traumatic event that usually results in a natural progression of emotions that may include shock, fear, anger, and frustration. For most people, they move through these emotions as they recover from the accident.

Unfortunately for some people, they are unable to fully recover from the intense emotions they felt as a result of the car accident. If the person is showing signs of mood or cognitive problems; heightened reactions or sensitivity to some situations; avoiding some situations or things; or signs of re-experiencing the event, the person may be suffering from MVA-related PTSD.

What Are The Signs of MVA-Related PTSD?

A doctor will diagnose MVA-related PTSD based on the patient’s symptoms. The symptoms below are often associated with motor vehicle accidents. The key to diagnosing MVA-related PTSD is determining if the severity, number, and/or duration of the symptoms prevent the person from returning to his or her normal daily routine including work, socializing, and performing personal tasks, and taking care of family members.

Some of the signs of MVA-related PTSD include but are not limited to:

  • Re-experiencing the motor vehicle accident by having flashbacks, bad dreams, and frightening thoughts.
  • Periods of fear causing you to sweat and your heart to race.
  • Avoiding places, things, and people that remind you of the car accident.
  • Withdrawing from family, friends, and others.
  • Avoiding social settings and family events.
  • Feelings of guilt or feeling emotionally numb.
  • Problems with mood including having excessive negative thoughts about yourself, others, and the world in general. Experiencing periods of intense anger or outbursts of anger.
  • Loss of interest in activities you found enjoyable before the car accident.
  • You are having trouble sleeping.
  • You are easily startled and you are tense and on edge.

If the above symptoms continue for weeks or months after the car accident or the symptoms grow worse, you should see a medical professional. Furthermore, if you are unable to return to your normal activities even though you have healed physically, you should see a medical professional.

You can find more information about MVA-related PTSD by visiting the following webpages.

You May Be Entitled To Compensation If You Are Suffering From MVA-Related PTSD

If you are suffering from MVA-related PTSD, you may be entitled to receive compensation from the at-fault driver who caused the accident. Contact the car accident attorneys of Torem & Associates at 1-800-954-4444 to schedule a free consultation. You may also chat with a representative online or use our convenient online contact form to schedule a free consultation.