It’s important to remember to seek help from loved ones and maintain your relationships instead of isolating yourself. Talk about your feelings and concerns and try to stick to a daily routine to stay grounded. Usually, the symptoms will fade with time but sometimes people develop post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression.If within a few months you are still experiencing the following symptoms, it may be a good idea to ask for some professional help:
Having trouble functioning at home or work
Suffering from severe fear, anxiety, or depression
Unable to form close, satisfying relationships
Experiencing terrifying memories, nightmares, or flashbacks
Avoiding more and more things that remind you of the trauma
Emotionally numb and disconnected from others
Using alcohol or drugs to feel better
The most important factor in recovering from the trauma of the accident is recognizing that it is okay to be hurting and allowing those around you to love and help you is strength, not weakness. Treatment may include anxiety management, breathing and relaxation exercises, or medications to relieve anxiety and help you sleep.
Getting over the pain and regaining a feeling of safety will take time, but treatment and support from family and friends will speed up your recovery. Have you or a family member been in an accident? What are your tips for the emotional recovery?