Acute Anxiety Disorder Following a Florida Car Crash

Someone Sitting on a Bench Who Appears to Be UpsetYou’ve been in a car accident and are feeling better physically, but it seems as if you’re always in a state of panic: fearful, tense, irritable, jumpy, unable to concentrate. You imagine danger around every corner and expect the worst in every situation. Your heart pounds, you sweat, your muscles twitch. Your stomach is always upset, and sometimes you can’t breathe properly. You’re not alone; these are the classic symptoms of acute anxiety disorder, a common psychological problem among those who have been involved in traffic accidents.

Acute anxiety disorder or acute stress disorder is defined as an anxiety disorder characterized by development of severe anxiety, dissociative, and other symptoms within one month following exposure to a traumatic event, such as an automobile accident. If it is not addressed and treated promptly, it may progress into the more severe post traumatic stress disorder, which is even more debilitating and difficult to treat.

When you’re having an anxiety attack, your body is in full “fight or flight” mode, with adrenaline surging—but there’s no place to run and nothing to fight—just a feeling of intense fear, with the physical symptoms of a fully aroused nervous system. You might even think you’re having a heart attack. Psychological symptoms are a frequent, although often overlooked, consequence of a car accident.

When making a claim against the driver who caused the accident, you deserve to be compensated for the psychological injuries you’ve suffered as well as the physical ones. That’s why it’s so important to have a well-experienced personal injury lawyer representing your interests—to make sure that every type of injury is included in your claim and adequately compensated.

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