Car accidents can be traumatic - even minor bumper bashing can affect your emotions in a negative way. It can even be difficult to fully understand the depth of your emotional trauma following a car accident, and once the initial impact has cleared from memory it’s important to seek help if you’re still struggling with the aftermath of the accident.
Here are some of the emotions you could expect to feel following a car accident
Shock or denial
Often people feel shock immediately after an accident. Common symptoms of shock include feeling numb, emotional distress, feeling afraid or experiencing unpredictable mood swings. Shock is different for everyone.
Anger or irritability
Whether you’re at fault - or not at fault - some people can feel anger at the other driver involved. Many passengers can also experience this anger or irritability. It’s important to recognise this anger or irritability and to not take it out on others around you. These feelings are a valid response to the trauma experienced, but it’s important to not act on them.
Guilt or shame
Car accidents can come out of nowhere, and many feel guilt or shame following an accident. It’s important to not beat yourself up after an accident - accidents happen.
Anxiety, worry or fear
Anxiety is one of our natural reactions to stress. Feeling anxious after an accident can be a normal and common response, with some people feeling many symptoms while others have none at all.
In Australia, we have organisations dedicated to helping. Please reach out if you feel you need help.
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