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Mental Health following an Accident

A car accident can have many repercussions. Apart from the physical damage to your body, there is an emotional component that is not often dealt with. Feelings such as shock, worry, grief, and confusion are common after a wreck, but when those feelings linger, become more intense and start to impair the quality of living, then the sufferer may be experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). To make matters worse, feelings of depression and anxiety can develop in victims of auto accidents, which can lead to restrictions and difficulties in a person’s personal and professional life. Therefore, looking after one’s mental health following a car crash is very critical.

The rehabilitation process has as much to do with treating physical injuries as much as it has to do with addressing the feelings of persistent trauma. Establishing the right course of therapy with a medical facility is extremely beneficial but, without the right balance, a patient’s progress can be adversely affected. Several studies have shown that psychological stress can hinder healing and, in some cases, cause long-term pain, phobias and sleep problems.

When a person is in a state of distress, hormones like cortisol is produced – which puts the body in survival mode by controlling blood sugar levels, mood and the immune system. However, when there is constant distress, the body cannot function the way it should in order to encourage effective and timely recovery. As a result, individuals can suffer from crippling fear and anxiety that can make everyday tasks become major obstacles. For instance, a fear of driving again may prevent a person from entering a vehicle, going to work or leaving the house to get necessary medical care.

At Goldson Spine Rehabilitation Center, we take a comprehensive, whole-body approach to treatment. Our team of licensed physical therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists and many others located throughout our four South Florida locations use holistic methods to restore and improve a patient’s wellbeing. Additionally, Dr. Thiema Goldson is a qualified psychotherapist who can offer car accident victims the help they need to overcome trauma and by extension, aid in the healing process.

In the United States, there is a total of almost 700 auto accidents every hour. Many of the people involved are likely to experience chronic mental health complications and risk injuring themselves further if they don’t seek proper assistance. The most effective form of treatment, which we highly believe in at Goldson Spine Rehabilitation Center, takes both the mental and physical into account as the mind and body work together to promote overall good health.

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