Why Emotional Injuries Can Take Longer to Heal Than Physical Ones

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Emotional injuries may last long after the physical wounds from an accident have healed. Our society has only recently begun to overcome antiquated stigmas associated with emotional trauma. Once viewed as a sign of weakness, emotional injuries are now known as serious medical issues that require care and attention traditionally applied to physical injuries.

Post-accident emotional trauma includes:

  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Depression
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Disassociation
  • Insomnia
  • Anger
  • Disorientation
  • Withdrawal
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Restlessness
  • Shame

One of the most complex aspects of approaching emotional trauma is the diversity of its manifestation. Mental trauma shows itself through a mixed set of symptoms and manifests in different individuals in a way that is difficult to measure. While one might feel intense sadness and loneliness from their emotional trauma, others may experience anger or significant mood swings.

Diagnosing Emotional Trauma

Adding to the difficulty of emotional trauma is its diagnosis. A physical injury can be examined by a professional and treated. However, emotional injuries can go unseen by medical professionals until they are verbally shared—and even then, they must be shared with the right professional.

If a patient has a broken arm, it is impossible to ignore and must be addressed by a doctor. Emotional injuries are an invisible ailment, requiring the acceptance and acknowledgement of the person suffering from them to begin the healing process.

If someone suspects that they may be suffering from emotional trauma, they must first accept its existence to bring it up with a doctor. Many people are not always be able to identify their emotional injury and will need the assistance of those close to them to properly address it and start the healing process.

How to Address & Treat Emotional Injuries

Since we are to treat mental trauma as an injury, it is important to address it correctly and approach the issue at its earliest stages. Talking to family members and other loved ones may assist your healing process as you work through the emotional and physical wounds of your accident. However, if your symptoms are persistent, the help of a medical doctor should be obtained. Importantly, understand it is normal to feel frustrated through the long process of emotional healing.

If you or a loved one have experienced mental trauma due to a car or truck accident, schedule a consultation with HHR today. Our personal injury lawyers are ready to assist you on your path to recovery.

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