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4 Psychological Conditions You May Develop After an Injury

  • By Craig Kidwell
  • 23 Jul, 2020

If you've suffered through an injury, the traumatic component of the event could expand beyond just the physical injuries. You could have been trapped in severe car crashes, elevator incidents, and other accidents.

Whether you were trapped for a few minutes or a few hours, psychological conditions could develop and have a major impact on your healing and emotional state. Learn about the possible psychological conditions, signs to look for, and how the conditions could impact a personal injury case.

1. Claustrophobia

Even if you had no problems with small spaces in the past, being trapped could trigger the onset of claustrophobia. Claustrophobia is the fear of being stuck in small spaces. The small spaces do not have a set measurement. Some cases of claustrophobia include just being inside a room with all the doors and windows shut. The effects vary from person to person.

The claustrophobia could expand beyond just the location of the injury. The fears could lead to changes in your everyday habits, including changes to your quality of life. You may avoid certain situations and have to change the way you go through daily routines.

You may seek professional help from therapists or psychologists. The medical costs for your treatments become a part of your settlement case, and a lawyer will seek compensation for current and future costs.


Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is commonly associated with soldiers of war, but anyone may go through PTSD after a traumatic event. The extended time you were trapped could create instances of PTSD. PTSD comes in many forms. You could suffer from nightmares, stress, and unwarranted fears.

The signs of PTSD could come on suddenly or could take several months to manifest. You may notice triggers in your body including increased anxiety, sweats, or times where you disconnect from reality.

If you have unexplained actions or sudden flashes back to the incident, you could have PSTD. PSTD could impact your everyday life. Not only do you have to heal through your physical injuries, but you have to heal through the emotional trauma as well. You could lose time from work or rely on support from others to help cope through the PSTD issues.

3. Nyctophobia

If you were trapped in a situation that lead to injury, dark conditions may lead to nyctophobia or a fear of the dark. When the night comes, you may feel overwhelmed with the fear of the dark and may need excessive lights on during the night. 

Like other phobias, nyctophobia may require therapy to heal through the treatments. You may have a lack of sleep and extra stress associated with the phobia. A personal injury lawyer may seek personal journals or statements about your fears and how the fears impact your daily life. 

4. Traumatophobia

The event itself could trigger a fear of the location or situation of how the event occurred. When fears and stress trigger from injury situations, you may have traumatophobia. The fears are deep-rooted in worries of another injury. As you suffer from traumatophobia, you may relive your injury as anxiety builds of going through the same pain and trauma.

Reactions vary with traumatophobia and could cause changes to your quality of life. The quality of life changes will have a big impact on a personal injury case, and a lawyer will help you seek compensation for the psychological injuries you have gone through.

Years could go by before you lose the effects of traumatophobia, and various forms of therapy will help you through the challenges. A lawyer can help you win damages that will pay for this type of treatment.

For more information on personal injury cases, contact us at Kidwell & Gallagher LTD. Our experienced professionals will help move your case forward and have years of experience with many personal injuries.

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