It goes without saying that no one wants to be involved in a crash. However, statistics say that the majority of drivers in Michigan will be involved in a car accident at some point in their lives. When car accidents happen, the initial concern is usually the physical injuries of those involved. But, after the initial shock of the accident has subsided, debilitating emotional and mental trauma may remain in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder. Here are a few ways to treat PTSD after surviving a car accident.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has become recognized as one of the most effective ways to treat emotional trauma and PTSD. CBT works by disrupting anxiety or phobias through rational questioning. For example, the therapist may ask the patient to talk about his or her anxiety, or how he or she feels when driving or riding in a vehicle. CBT will allow those who suffer from PTSD to explore their difficult feelings and emotions and develop a treatment plan to reduce the grip that PTSD has on the victim’s life.
Along with CBT, general supportive psychotherapy has been shown to be effective for crash-related PTSD. In supportive psychotherapy, a therapist will provide an emotional outlet and use practical ways to help patients deal with their PTSD and emotional distress. Supportive psychotherapy is mainly sympathetically and attentively listening to the patient, but also includes methods such as encouraging and comforting the patient.
Being involved in an accident can leave any person feeling anxious, unbalanced or even angry. Life will never be the same for many who experience a car crash. Those in Michigan who suffer physical injuries or emotional distress in car accidents due to the negligence of another party may benefit by seeking the services of an experienced attorney. A successful lawsuit could provide victims and families with compensation to pay medical expenses and aid in recovery.