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From every wound there is a scar, and every scar tells a story. A story that says, "I survived"

- Fr. Craig Scott -

Motor Vehicle Accidents (MVA) not only resulted in physical injury, but also psychological and cognitive damages. These effects can linger long after your physical injuries have healed.  A lot of the times, MVA victims pay less attention to their psychological and cognitive distresses, not realizing that had effected their daily life.

Psychological harm can include anxiety, mood swings, depression, fear, anger, sleeping issues, nightmares, and guilt. Some severe car accidents may lead the victim to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), where symptoms include:

  • Flashbacks;

  • Terrifying nightmares;

  • Intense and recurring memories of the accidents;

  • Avoidance behaviours to get them away from anything that reminds them about the accident;

  • Depression;

  • Self-harm; and/or

  • Withdrawal

Cognitive and behavioural effects can include loss of memory, hard to concentrate, lack of motivation, loss of appetite, loss of interest in activities and/or people.

It is important to face these emotional and cognitive distresses by:

  • Talking with someone that you trust;

  • Keep your routines as much as possible;

  • Engage yourself in some kind of exercises as much as you can;

  • Take things one step at a time; and

  • Seek professional help if necessary.

If you were affected by a motor vehicle accident, ICBC will cover for your care, including mental health needs. Contact professionals as soon as possible.

I am an ICBC approved mental health provider and will work with you to deal with your psychological and emotional distresses. In addition, I will help to handle your billing with ICBC so less stress will be on your side.

              For more information about ICBC Care and Coverage, please click here.

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