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Can a bad car crash that I was in cause panic/anxiety disorder?

Posted Apr 18 2010 11:12pm

I’ve always had bad panic attacks sometimes, but I got in a pretty bad car wreck last week and they’ve gotten worse and more frequent. My hands are shaky, my breathing is heavy, and I can feel my heart pounding. Then I start feeling dizzy, worried, etc…Is this just panic caused by my wreck? And if so, how long will it last this bad? Could it be something else, or is it all in my head?

Hi Elliott,
I’m sorry to hear about the car accident you were in. It sounds like your panic disorder has worsened your panicky nature. Were you physically injured in the accident? If not, then get back into a vehicle and conquer your fears. Start by getting into a car and just sit there for a few minutes. Then have a driver take you around the block and back home. Remember that old saying about getting back on the horse that threw you? Well, in psychological terms, it’s called "exposure therapy". It’s really just common sense. Face your fears or they will end up conquering you. The sooner you begin the better.

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