Car accidents are scary, upsetting and sometime devastating. As more vehicles are on the road, car accidents are increasing. More than 10 million motor vehicle accidents happen each year, of which nearly over 6 million people are injured or killed in car accidents each year. For victims and survivors of auto accidents, the choice to get back in the car is normally a difficult and emotionally multifaceted decision. Furthermore, it is common for the injured to make progress beyond the accident slowly and have difficulty in routine aspects of daily living.
The symptoms suffered by motor vehicle accident survivors are objectively predictable; preoccupation with the accident, fear of driving, irritability, physical pain, confusion, difficulty sleeping, lack of motivation, anxiety, reduced joy, weakness, exhaustion, relationship problems, and sexual difficulty. There is no one size fits all for when these symptoms will emerge. Some present within hours of the accident or several months later. More severe symptoms following an accident include Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression, Chronic Pain, Panic Attacks, Memory Problems, Social Isolation, missed time at work, Self-harming Behaviors, Guilt and Shame.
Each motor vehicle accident victim or survivor’s therapeutic process is unique. Key elements to successful treatment include finding ways to talk about the impact of the traumatic event, using effective tools to relax, processing traumatic memories, returning to normal activities, and developing a sense of self free of trauma.
The Dell Center for Therapy treats patients suffering from Car Accident Trauma at their Park City, Utah and Jupiter/Palm Beach Gardens, Florida office. A victim cannot completely recover from the car accident until he/she resolves the emotional issues. Those issues can be difficult, particularly when a survivor of an accident doesn’t know what is happening to them and why. Counseling and therapy help survivors move through the trauma that is affecting their life so they can get back to their old self.
If you or a loved one have suffered the overwhelming psychological, emotional, and physical effects of a car accident or other personal injury, The Dell Center therapists can help you. Our team of therapists and counselors will lead you through coping skills and therapeutic exercises with the end goal of getting you better. Call us today at 801-447-2666 to schedule a consultation with one of our therapists.