Usual symptoms following a road traffic incident
Our reaction to a road traffic incident can depend on a number of factors, including how we were feeling at the time of the event, any physical injuries incurred, how the other people involved behaved, our own personality and support system.
Here are some characteristic, and normal, symptoms and reactions
Shock and disbelief
A feeling of helplessness and powerlessness
Anger and irritability
Anxiety and fear
Flashbacks and instrusive thoughts
Confusion and disorientation
Impaired concentration and recall
Avoidance of reminder and visiting the scene
Reduced work performance
Advice, information and coping strategies following a road traffic incident
Following a road traffic collision it is usual to have a physical and emotional reaction that can last for a long time.
Although each person reacts differently, according to the personality, past experiences and connection to the event, a wide range of common reactions can occur after a person has been involved in a traumatic event.
Some post-crash symptoms may be overwhelming, distressing and distrubing so it is important to talk about what has happened to you and to express your emotions.
For a period of time we may cease to function in our usual way so try to keep life as normal as possible and keep to daily routines.
Avoid the use of alcohol to hide your feelings and do not be afraid to ask for help from professionals, family and friends.
Writing a daily diary of your thoughts can be helpful.
Breathe slowly and rhythmically into the lower part of your abdomen, keeping your chest still
Imagine a peaceful scene such as being on a beach in the sun
Use a relaxation tape/CD
Try to spend time with people who help you to feel good
Treat yourself to some favourite thing each day - e.g. spend time reading a book, watching a film, listening to music, see/phone a friend
Go for a walk, if possible somewhere in naturally calming surroundings