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Old 06-26-2004, 06:51 PM   #1
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My Circumstances

A few weeks ago I was involved in a car accident. I was going about 40 MPH and i drifted my attention away from the road for a second only to hit the person in front of me full on. Neither of us were hurt, but I can't stop thinking about it. In addition, I have a few speeding tickets, which increases my anxiety because I'm deathly afraid of insurance rates. I have a swirling of emotions, including guilt, regret, anger towards myself, hopelessness, and fear. I'm so ashamed of myself, even though I know it was just an accident. I haven't been able to eat like I used to. Sometimes I hardly eat at all. I wake up a few times in the middle of the night. From this one incident, other fears have come out, like the insurance, but I know this isn't about insurance. If I just got tickets and the tickets raised the insurance, I'd be fine. In fact, I have gotten tickets in the past and it hardly phased me. The throwing in of the accident has intensified it. I'm also afraid to get behind the wheel. I'll have a new car in a few days (my old one was totaled, crushed like a bug.), but I'm afraid to drive it. I don't wanna go by the crash site, or wear the shirt I bought that day, or watch the movie I bought that day (i was coming from the mall), or even wear the outfit I wore that day. I don't listen to the CD I was listening to when I had the accident. I'm beginning to hate going into my job because everytime I try to get support from my co workers, they just make me feel worse. I can't stop harping on this. I jump from one emotion to another. I try to forget about it, but I can't. I've made up insane senarios, such as me having to drop out of college because I can't afford insuance, which I know rationally won't happen. I need some support. I've stopped doing a lot of the things I used to love. I have no energy anymore, and all I wanna do it lie around. Thank you for reading this.

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Old 06-28-2004, 03:03 PM   #2
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Re: My Circumstances

Hi Pat,
Very sorry to hear about your trauma. You can get some correlation with your symptoms from the paper at
which cites a book on the subject After The Crash: Assessment and Treatment of Motor Vehicle Accident Survivors, published by the American Psychological Association (APA), The paper quotes the author:
''After treating these survivors, our results suggests that we can help these people get beyond their very traumatic experience,'' says Dr. Blanchard. Cognitive-behavioral treatments that involve learning how to think about the traumatic experience in healthier ways appear to be the most effective in reducing the accident survivors' PTSD symptoms and other psychological problems that resulted from the accident, concluded the authors.
Hope you can get some direct support soon so that you can get going again.
Best wishes!

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