Motor Vehicle Accidents and PTSD
While Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVA) can cause severe physical injuries or event death, they are also capable of producing strong psychological reactions. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Stress Disorder are not infrequently consequences of MVAs. The trauma reactions may also be complicated by difficulties adjusting to the pain and disability of physical injuries where they have been sustained.
In addition to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, depression, driving phobias, and other psychological disorders may develop.
Even MVAs that produce no significant physical injuries, PTSD or other trauma reactions may develop. However psychological treatments for single MVAs of this nature can be highly effective despite relatively severe PTSD symptoms initially.
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