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    Mar 15, 2003, 12:14 AM
    Car accident
    I was in a car accident about a week ago.. Both cars have been ridden off. The other car was speeding and spun my car about . I have been to hospital for spinal checks.. And have been having muscle spasming and panic attacks thinking I was going paralyzed when I felt tingling in my feet. I have had X-rays and have been checked out as being OK.. But have bruises and pulled soft tissue in my neck. I have been told that I am so very lucky that we all escaped with little injuries and that my car saved my life as itís a safe little car with side intrusions.. It was side impact and I was the driver. Since the accident I have been getting a lot of flash backs and have found it hard to sleep... The sound of the bang on first impact won't go away. I was given medication to help with my panic attacks.. But they did more harm than good.. And made me feel more depressed as I was due for the next tablet. I have had to deal with all this while starting a new course at uni.. And living away from my parents.. I am only 18. My car was 1 month old.. Worth 30 000 dollars . Since coming home my parents have been so very good.. But my sister has reacted weird not even showing any affection or care towards me.. I find this most upsetting. Every day I get reminders of my accident when seeing a car like mine.. And at night I have terrible nightmares. Its effecting my studying and I feel I can't concentrate anymore. I don't know how to explain all this to my parents who have enough problems as it is with insurance companies ringing up all the time and organising stuff. They care for me and have looked after me well.. But I just can't get rid of those images and the fright! What should I do !
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    Apr 24, 2003, 10:01 PM
    car accident
    I'm hoping this isn't too late, as I've just signed up for this service.
    The best thing I'd suggest (if you are still suppressing / dealing with these issues) is to seek the aid of a social worker. Make sure that their name has "LSCW" at the end. They specialize in helping others overcome issues due to traumatic experiences. And what it sounds like you have is a moderate case of post-traumatic stress disorder.
    Good luck.

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