No matter their causes, car accidents can result in serious personal injuries and impact your future, but what are the potential mental effects of such an accident on your mental health? The Anxiety and Depression Association of America notes that some accident victims may have trouble sleeping, develop depression or anxiety and may even experience recurring nightmares about a crash. 

If you are planning a personal injury case after a car accident, you may want to understand whether you can add emotional distress or trauma to the damage you want to seek against the other driver. 

Identifying emotional trauma  

Before you can understand the effects of emotional trauma, it is important that you identify its symptoms and have it diagnosed by a licensed medical professional. Other than anxiety and sleep disruption, you may experience other problems, such as: 

  • Low energy  
  • Trouble concentrating on tasks at work  
  • Unable to control worried thoughts  
  • Overeating or engaging in risky behaviors  

These symptoms can appear at any time after the accident. 

Emotional distress and personal injury  

If you plan to include emotional distress in a personal injury lawsuit, you may have to include letters from your therapist or psychiatrist as proof of your suffering. If he or she determined that you developed post-traumatic stress disorder as the result of the other driver’s negligence, this could have a serious effect on your future as you grapple with triggers and flashbacks. Proving such wrongdoing could help you collect the damages you seek. 

You may not realize the signs of emotional distress right after a car accident. However, they can have serious ramifications on your ability to function even years afterward.