What Are Psychological Injuries
Psychological injuries take various forms. A brain injury can cause severe personality changes like anxiety, depression, and emotional pain and suffering.
We are probably all aware of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a common psychological injury. PTSD is common for those who have witnessed or have been victims of traumatic events such as a motor vehicle collision. Re-living the experience in your mind causes anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, nightmares, nervousness, and physiological responses like sweating. A common behavioral response is to avoid places, people, and circumstances that remind you of the traumatic event. An example might be avoiding the scene of an automobile accident. Alcohol consumption is a common response to severe PTSD.
Fear, horror, anger, guilt or shame are common reactions to survivors of motor vehicle accidents when family members have perished (survivor’s guilt).