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The Unexpected Emotional Ride After an Injury

Attorney David I. Fuchs


Attorney David I. Fuchs


Mar. 22, 2018



Physical injuries and emotional trauma have a close connection. Physical pain, taxing medical procedures, and the sudden inability to do things you’ve always done, such as drive or go to work, can leave you feeling depressed and withdrawn. Frightening accidents such as car crashes can lend additional psychological trauma, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or nightmares. The emotional roller coaster after an injury can last for years after you physically recover. The more you know about the mental aftereffects of an injury, the better you can prepare yourself and know when to seek professional help.

Lost Quality of Life

Some of the greatest mental health effects of a serious injury stem from the sudden loss of the quality of life the victim previously enjoyed. A person with a traumatic spine injury, for example, can find him/herself unable to do most of what he/she did before, including walk, play sports, work, eat, and even talk. The inability to participate in everyday life activities such as socializing with friends can lead to the victim withdrawing from him/herself, worsening mental health issues such as depression.

Post-injury mental health can be in a fragile state for a multitude of reasons. Not only does the individual have to adjust to a new level of ability or disability, but there are also problems to deal with such as mounting medical bills. Fear of financial stability and the future can add to feelings of depression or anxiety after a serious injury. In just a matter of minutes, the victim’s entire life has changed. This can understandably take a mental adjustment period and/or professional aid.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD is a serious mental health condition that can develop after a victim has experienced a life-threatening event. Soldiers who return home from war zones, for example, can experience PTSD from the traumatic and terrifying things they witnessed. The same is true for victims of extreme car accidents, falls, burns, dog attacks, or acts of violence. Suffering serious injuries in traumatic ways can deeply affect the mental state, resulting in long-lasting psychological aftereffects. Common symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Reliving the event in flashbacks or nightmares
  • Avoiding things that remind the victim of the event
  • Constant feelings of anxiety
  • Feeling emotionally numb or detached
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Lack of concentration
  • Irritability or sudden mood swings/outbursts
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed hobbies
  • Detachment from family and friends

PTSD is a serious mental health condition that can plunge a person into a deep depression, cause suicidal thoughts, and even result in taking one’s own life. Coupled with depression and anxiety, PTSD can be deadly. It’s extremely important to seek professional help for your mental state after a catastrophic or permanent injury.

Seek Help from a Professional

Accident victims often feel alone in their fights, as if no one understands them or could help. However, others have the same or similar injuries, and trained professionals are available to help with drastic life changes due to accidents. Talking to someone about your emotional ride after an injury can make all the difference in your future happiness and enjoyment of life.