Car accidents in Hollywood can have a profound impact on mental health of survivors. The trauma of the crash itself as well as the emotional upheaval of a long recovery and the stress of financial worries can all contribute to anxiety, depression, and other ailments.
Unfortunately, mental health can be underdiagnosed and undertreated after a car crash but can affect your ability to recover your life. When you are struggling after a car accident, you may face these additional obstacles:
- It may be harder to return to work: Mental illness is an illness and just like a back injury or fracture can make it hard to do your work, depression, PTSD, and other ailments can make it hard to return to work, which can affect your income.
- It may be harder to recover physically: Your physical condition is linked to your mental health. When you are struggling to sleep or care for yourself due to mental conditions, it can be harder to focus on physical recovery. In some cases, it can even delay your recovery and treatment.
- Illness can affect your relationships: When you are seriously injured, you need a support network. Unfortunately, mental illness can affect your relationships, potentially robbing you of support just when you need it most.
- You may be more at risk of a follow-up collision: If you are suffering from psychosis, such moments can affect your ability to perceive reality, which can affect your ability to drive. Panic attacks are also quite common when car crash survivors start driving again, and these, too, can affect your ability to operate a car safely, as can some medications used to treat anxiety, depression, sleep disorders and other conditions. If you have been diagnosed with an ailment or are getting treatment, make sure to discuss with your doctor how your driving may be impacted.
Dealing with Mental Illness After a Hollywood Car Crash
If you have been in a car or truck collision in Hollywood, you need to treat your mental health as seriously as you might treat your physical well-being. If your collision was a multi-car crash or a fatal collision, talk to your physician about the possible mental impact of this type of event. No matter what the crash was like, look for signs of upset, sleep disorders, mood swings, and any symptoms you may be struggling. Seek treatment as soon as possible and work with a support network to make sure you get the help you need.
Return to everyday activities and driving gradually, and only when you are ready. It may be better to ease into driving. In the meantime, eat a healthy diet, get adequate rest, and take good care of your emotional and physical state.
Mental illness takes a great deal of bravery and grit to address. If you are facing this challenge after a car crash in Hollywood or South Florida, contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free, no obligation consultation with a Hollywood car accident attorney. An attorney can help you determine if you are eligible for compensation which can help you pay for the treatment you need.