Dealing with the emotional and psychological effects of a motorcycle accident is difficult. Not only can it affect the day-to-day life of the victim, but it can also affect his relationship with his family, friends, relatives, and even coworkers. After all, trauma and its effects can cause extreme changes in one’s behavior, attitude, and even way of thinking.
People who are going through a tough emotional and psychological crisis caused by a motorcycle accident are encouraged to seek medical help immediately.
Understanding the Effects
Victims of motorcycle accident react differently to the trauma. There are those who withdraw from the people around him. Instead of talking about what happened and slowly coping with the events, they tend to clam up and isolate themselves. They don’t want to talk about it nor are they willing to acknowledge its effects.
Some people also develop emotional problems such as stress and anxiety, panic attacks and fretfulness, hopelessness and emotional numbness, as well as depression and mood swings. Some people also develop irritability that even little things can easily set them off.
Motorcycle accidents can also cause cognitive problems. Victims may experience memory lapses as well as difficulty in concentrating on tasks and things. He may also be easily distracted, developing ADHD-like symptoms.
Finally, there are the physical effects of motorcycle accidents such as chronic pain as well as sleep disturbance. Some also develop eating disturbances and low energy.
Coping with the Trauma
As mentioned earlier, it’s very important that the victim receive professional help if he’s suffering from the emotional and psychological effects of motorcycle accident.
The therapy includes medications such as anti-depressants as well as anti-anxiety pills. This helps control his mood swings. With the emotional problems controlled, the victim will be able to concentrate better on dealing and coping with what happened and then eventually healing.
In addition to medications, the patient also undergoes cognitive-behavioral therapy. This therapy includes helping the victim change his thoughts as well as actions by systematically desensitizing him to the incident.
There’s also Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing or EMDR. This involves teaching the victim how to use eye movements to interrupt how the brain is processing a trigger, for example. Through rhythmic left to right eye movements or through other kinds of rhythmical stimulation, the brain “unfreezes” itself from the traumatic trigger or material, thus, helping the victim deal with the extreme stress.
Another form of therapy includes somatic psychology. This teaches the victim how to “reset” his mind and body to a more normal level. Say for example the motorcycle accident left him feeling trapped and helpless, then through sets of activities such as pushing against the wall or venting his helplessness on a pillow, the victim is given a way to reset himself.
Cost of Treatment
The cost for the treatment and therapy can be pretty expensive, and having to pay for it out of your own pocket may also be a cause of stress. If the accident was caused by another driver, the victim has the right to pursue a personal injury claim against the negligent driver. The monetary compensation he’ll receive will not erase the trauma, but it will help a lot towards healing.