Common Mental Health Conditions After an Accident or Injury

Getting injured in a car accident is a life-changing event that can have a major impact on your mental health. Here are the effects our personal injury clients experience most often.

Common Mental Health Conditions After an Accident or Injury

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is an anxiety disorder where someone relives a traumatic or life-threatening event even after it has passed. People who have PTSD generally suffer from anxiety, nightmares and flashbacks. At its worst, even small reminders of the event can cause extreme anxiety. PTSD is often treated with medication for depression and anxiety. Another common treatment is cognitive-behaviour therapy provided by a psychologist.

PTSD affects roughly 1 out of 10 people.


After an injury it’s normal to not feel like your self, but if you find yourself feeling a deep despair over a longer period of time, ask your doctor about it. People with depression often lose interest in things they would have previously enjoyed. When left untreated, depression can become disabling.

Acquired Brain Injury

An Acquired Brain Injury is a brain injury that has occurred after birth because of a trauma. Acquired brain injuries are not genetic or congenital and are instead a result of an accident or environment.

Symptoms include:

  • Coma
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Language and Speech Impairment
  • Memory Loss and Impairment
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Personality Disorder
  • Loss of Concentration
  • Loss of Problem Solving Skills
  • Perception Problems
  • Sleep Disturbance
  • Headaches
  • Blurred Vision
  • Seizures

If you notice any of the symptoms of PTSD, depression, or acquired brain injury in yourself or a loved one, it might be time to ask your doctor about mental health.

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Not getting the resources you require to recover, or have questions about an accident you were in? Contact the team at Auger Hollingsworth for a free, no-obligation consultation at 613-233-4529. 

About the Author: Brenda Hollingsworth

Brenda Hollingsworth co-founded Ottawa’s Auger Hollingsworth in 2005 with her husband Richard Auger. Together, their mission was to create a personal injury law firm for Eastern Ontario that is unrivalled in the province for customer service and legal expertise. Brenda was named an Ottawa Business Journal Forty Under 40 award recipient and took home the Women’s Business Network’s Businesswoman of the Year award in the Professional category. She was also recognized as one of Ottawa Life Magazine’s “Top 50 People in the Capital.” She is often quoted as an expert and has appeared in media outlets such as CTV, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Sun Media, CBC, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, CFRA and many legal publications.

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