According to the Canadian Transportation Safety Board, about 160,000 car accidents happen in Toronto and across the country every year. A significant percentage of the people involved in those accidents receive treatment for physical injuries but are never treated for the mental trauma they suffered. Reportedly, one in three crash survivors experiences anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and/or other mental health issues.
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Although many people believe they have overcome the shock and trauma of car accidents, mental trauma could cause hidden problems that might lead to long-term health issues. PTSD typically involves recurring dreams, thoughts and visions of the accident, often causing long-term anxiety. In many cases, PTSD develops in someone who witnessed a loved one suffering catastrophic injuries or death in an accident in which the person suffered no or only minor injuries.
Many car accident victims develop depression or MDD, which is major depressive disorder. It is often triggered by crash-related pain and physical limitations that cause lifestyle changes. Symptoms like anxiety, sleep disorders, phobias, headaches and fatigue are dismissed by many accident victims, only to exacerbate their depression.
The brains of some car accident victims go into a self-defence mode to help them tolerate or minimize crash-related stress. They might feel disassociated, as if they never experienced the mental trauma. This denial prevents them from ever processing the fear and anxiety; instead, they hinder recovery by suppressing the harmful feelings.
Medical expenses after traumatic car accidents in Toronto could become overwhelming quickly and seeking the necessary treatment for mental trauma is also expensive. If another person’s negligence caused the accident, pursuing claims for financial relief might be a viable option. In doing so, properly documented evidence of mental trauma may add to the financial relief sought.