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Mental Illness – Anxiety Pt. 6

When you suffer a personal injury accident you may suffer a loss in one way or another. Losses may include physical and property damage to persons involved in the accident. These losses can heal or be replaced over time. However, these are not the only forms of losses that a person can suffer. There are instances where the accident incident affects how a person feels, thinks and moves physically for months or years. This article and a subsequent one will discuss three common forms of mental illnesses linked to personal injury cases. This article focuses on anxiety.

The National Institutes of Health recorded +40 million people have been affected by mental disorder since 2012 in the U.S. Further, these individuals are often the survivors of road accidents, medical malpractice events and other disastrous accidents leading to severe trauma. Thus, such victims are subject to various mental disorders. However, three such mental illnesses have been discovered as common among those affected in this way. These three mental illnesses are:

  1. Depression or full depressive states
  2. Anxiety in a variety of forms and
  3. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)


There are various types of anxiety when applied to a person’s mental outlook. Some forms of anxiety may be general by way of panic attacks or phobias in a wide range of targets. There are varying levels of anxiety depending on the person or the situation they are faced with. Anxiety affects an individual in some of the following ways:

  • Sleep disturbances
  • Instances of nausea
  • Bouts of dizziness
  • Circumstances of heart palpitations
  • Uneasy feelings and panic attacks that are frequently debilitating

Unfortunately, the factors that cause anxiety are usually unknown. However, scientists have theories supporting that genetic issues and/or chronic stress situations. Such theories state genetic issues and chronic stress might lead to changes in the brain that result in this disorder.

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