PTSD after an accident can be life-altering.
Airbags face deploy at over 200 mph at 170+ decibels.1 A gun shot by comparison is about 160 decibels.
According to the Mayo Clinic the classic symptoms of PTSD include: intrusive memories, avoidance, emotional numbing, anxiety, and increased emotional arousal.2
1. “How Does Your Car’s Airbag System Work,” http://www.carsdirect.com/car-safety/how-does-your-cars-airbag-system-work (2/6/2013) 2. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/post-traumatic-stress-disorder/DS00246/METHOD=print&DSECTION=all (2/6/2013)
This case study from the European Journal of Psychotraumatology details an assisted self-study application of cognitive therapy for PTSD. Philip developed PTSD and comorbid major depression following a traffic accident. He was treated in six sessions of cognitive therapy with self-study modules completed in between sessions. Read more about Philip at the tab below...