Whether you are the driver or passenger, whenever you come across an accident on the road, it triggers feelings of worry and anxiety. How much more then if you were to be the one to experience it yourself? According to Lynda Matthews of the Rehabilitation Counseling Unit of the University of Sydney, around 30% of people have to deal with negative psychological responses stemming from an accident trauma.
Symptoms of post-traumatic stress include a constant state of worry, hyperactivity, irritability, insomnia, agitation, and exhaustion. For the most of it, patients are unaware that they have already developed severe levels of anxiety. “It identifies and addresses traumatic experiences that have overwhelmed the brain’s natural coping capacity, and, as a result, have created traumatic symptoms, such as flashbacks or anxiety, or harmful coping strategies, such as isolating behavior and self-medication with alcohol or drugs.” Dr. Romas Buivydas, PhD, LMHC explains. Nevertheless, the good news is that most people overcome anxiety and here are five ways by which patients can be intentional about their recovery process:
Consult With Your Doctor
The best first step towards recovering from accident trauma is getting the help of psychologists who are experts in dealing with mental health issues. Doctors can properly lead you towards the step you should take in your recovery process – what to focus on, what to get rid of, what to improve, and the like. They could also advise as to what medication you need to take to complement better your healing process.
Take It Slowly But Surely
According to Rob Cole, LMHC, “PTSD is a response to trauma that can make individuals feel scared, hopeless, or horrified for at least one month following the trauma.” After experiencing a traumatic accident – or any stressful situation, for that matter – do not feel like you are in a rush to be okay again. In reality, the pressure of people to be cheerful and okay again actually creates more anxiety, so take things at your own pace. You will eventually heal from all the things that have caused you pain, worry, stress, and grief once you are ready, not when people tell you to be.
Talk To Your Support Group
“If an individual is willing to accept treatment, long-term talk therapy or psychotherapy, can help. Sometimes these approaches are combined with medication if the person is dealing with debilitating symptoms or related conditions, such as depression or anxiety.” That is according to Marc Browning, RN, Psy.D. Whether it is your family, friends, workmates, people from your church, or even strangers who have gone through the same situations, try to talk to a support group when you feel ready to do so. They would offer a big help to you as you process your feelings, put things in the proper perspective, and generally ease the worry off of you. The company they give serves as motivation to see things from a better light.
Go Out And Get Active
People who experience trauma after an accident resort often to staying indoors, afraid of what may happen when they go outside. However, taking the brave step and stepping outdoors also does great wonders in your recovery process because of the empowerment that it brings. So go and appreciate the bright blue sky, smell the flowers, and let nature rejuvenate you from the inside out.
Remember The Things You Love
When you are filled by the things which cause worry, confusion, and hurt; stop and go back to the things you love. If it is travel that you love, do not let a car accident prevent you from exploring the things you have yet to see. If you love going out with your family and friends, keep going with them. Never stop and let go of what keeps you alive and happy because the best things always happen outside our comfort zone.
Getting over the grief and trauma from accidents entail more than just physical recovery, but psychological, mental, and emotional healing – the more powerful factors that ultimately free you from anxiety. So whenever you’re ready, take that big leap of faith and you will never know what more life has in store for you after the season of trauma.