Data published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information highlights the mental health challenges that arise for many teens in the wake of a motor vehicle wreck. For example, this research suggests that some teens are more likely to abuse alcohol as a result of their involvement in a major motor vehicle collision.
The study also reviewed other mental health hardships that some motor vehicle wreck victims struggle with, such as drug use, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.
Understanding the mental toll of a car wreck
There are various reasons why motor vehicle wrecks are especially devastating from a mental point of view. This piece highlights that major motor vehicle wrecks are very violent and they occur suddenly, as opposed to other traumatic experiences that develop over a longer period of time and lack threats to one’s physical safety. The shocking nature of motor vehicle collisions is especially likely to result in mental trauma and some victims struggle with flashbacks and other difficulties (such as sleep problems or emotional hurdles) for many years.
Looking at the recovery process after a car crash
If your teen was recently involved in a serious wreck, you need to do your best to understand what they are going through and help them move forward in life. These crashes often lead to other problems, from difficulties in school to problems with friends and family members. Provide your teen with the support they need and help protect their future. Often, the support of a parent plays a key role in a young person’s ability to stay positive, especially if they are counting on their parent for help with legal action against a reckless driver.