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Post-accident nerves: 3 tips to conquer your fear

Car accidents can leave you on edge for months or even years. Some people actually wind up with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Others find it impossible to get back behind the wheel again.

If this is something you have been dealing with, here are three tips that may help:

  1. Don't be afraid of medication. Some medications can have a drastic impact on anxiety and depression. Think of it the same way you would think about any other type of illness. Talk to your doctor.
  2. Work with a therapist. You may need to work through some of your feelings and emotions with a professional. This is especially true if someone died in the accident. Don't think that you just have to tough it out and get through all of this on your own.
  3. Take care of yourself. Be patient. Remember that getting over these types of things take time. Get exercise. Eat healthy foods. Do not fall into destructive patterns, like eating too much or turning to alcohol. Take up new hobbies to get your mind off of it. Spend time with people you love. You will be pleasantly surprised to find out how focusing on yourself and improving your life can actually help you feel better in time.

Now, if the nervousness and anxiety have taken such a hold that you're considering these options, it is important to remember that accidents can cause mental damage as well as physical damage. If someone else caused that crash, make sure you know all of the legal options you have to seek financial compensation.

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