Been in a car accident and suffering from more than just physical symptoms?
It is common to experience a spectrum of emotional distress on top of your physical injuries. This is a normal response to an abnormal event, which can be referred to as post traumatic stress response or PTSR, sometimes also referred to as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
There is often a misconception that trauma comes from major catastrophes or violent disasters. The reality is that any event can trigger trauma symptoms if there was a perceived threat to our lives. When faced with threat, our brains and nervous systems automatically go into survival mode. This is an evolutionary response designed to protect us in the short term.
Sometimes, no amount of thinking, rationalizing, or talking can make the symptoms go away. At No Fear Counselling, we recommend that you:
- Seek out social connections and find someone to talk to that will listen in a non-judgmental way.
- Help out others going through their own trauma. Listen like you would like to be heard.
- Grow your knowledge-base. Some suggested authors include, but not limited to: Bessel van der Kolk, Peter Levine, Hilary Jacobs Hendel, Norman Doidge, and Dr. Daniel Siegel.
- Find a healthy self-care strategy that helps you cope with your challenges. This can include exercise, healthy eating, fostering healthy relationship, having a consistent sleep/wake schedule, and/or finding things that make you feel good about yourself that do not harm others.
- Talk to a professional (counsellor/Psychologist), even if it is for 2-5 session, to start to process, learn about, become more aware, and understand what is happening for you.
Written by Lima Abedin & Ofir Vaisman, Registered Clinical Counsellors at No Fear Counselling. At No Fear Counselling, our team of 37 counsellors, social workers, and psychologists, have experience of working with over 1500 car accident survivors, many of which are also Slater Vecchio LLP clients.