Did your doctor actually say "there is a little PTSD going on?" PTSD is a serious condition and one can't have a little bit of it. It affects so much, your mind and your body. Since he has diagnosed this, is he planning to support you with doing something about it? Yes PTSD can increase anxiety through the roof and create biological/chemical changes in the body.
When did the accident happen? It sounds very traumatic and thank goodness you all came through it alive. Pain will occur for some time after a major accident, as it takes time to fully heal. Are you getting physiotherapy, especially for the neck injury?
I've been in a few accidents and the worst one, a roll-over, it affected me the most. My body healed quickly, however, my anxiety was through the roof. I had to drive as I lived in a very isolated community and didn't want to only rely on airplanes to get in/out. Due to a few factors, I had no medication to assist me with the anxiety or much support - except on phone with family, some from my (now) ex and friends. One day I simply had to drive. It was tough. Everytime I hit a bump, I had a panic attack. I had rolled due to road conditions, lots of potholes and loose gravel (gravel roads) so everytime I hit one, I shook. It took longer than normal to drive out as I had to stop many times to get my bearings. But I did it. I can't explain how as it came from within and I just told myself I had to do it.
I did talk much with people close to me though before I ventured out and that helped. Do you have someone you can talk to about this?
I remember when my brother smashed his logging truck and the load came over him. He was off work for 2 weeks, didn't require hospitalization but was very sore and in pain. He talked constantly about the accident with us (family). He came to our parent's home every day to tell the story over and over. My parents were like his counsellor, listened and supported. It really helped him out. He ended up with issues in his shoulders years later and its connected to the accident. So don't discount pain if it comes back later down the road - be sure to check it out.
I was dx with PTSD years ago and successfully moved through it. My dx came due to accumulative trauma rather than sudden trauma. Working through it is similar though. I did the counselling, was on Eflexor for a year and the dx was lifted.
It sounds like you are dealing with much and then had this happen. If there is any way to get support, through a woman's centre, on-campus at the college or such, grab it. It really does help to talk face to face to someone about the whole thing.
Please keep us posted. You are in my thoughts.
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