California semi-truck accidents typically happen in the blink of an eye and leave devastation in their wake. If you sustained catastrophic injuries in a tractor-trailer crash, full recovery might include more than the healing of physical damage.
According to the Mayo Clinic, individuals who live through traumatic events, such as a devastating truck collision, often have difficulty coping, experience flashbacks and severe bouts of anxiety.
Normal after-crash feelings vs. post-traumatic stress
Accident victims often re-live the damage and shock experienced during a crash in dreams. In the weeks following the event, getting into a car, riding on the highway, or past the crash scene can be stressful. Over time these reactions fade as part of a healthy recovery. However, for people with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, these responses increase as time passes. Nightmares, frequent flashbacks and feelings of panic or uneasiness can disrupt the healing process.
PTSD treatment options
PTSD is the brain’s way of coping with the accident and the unexpected trauma it caused. Healthcare workers can offer medications to help you deal with the effects of PTSD. They range from antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications to mood stabilizers and antipsychotic drugs. Your doctor may also encourage therapy. This helps you process the event, from the traumatic memories to handling the symptoms and facing your fears.
Every accident and survivor is unique. It may take weeks to years of both physical and mental treatment to return to a regular routine. Understanding your rights and obtaining financial compensation for your injuries can help you recover lost wages, medical bills and other expenses during your recovery.