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There has been recent debate in the medical community about defining and
prescribing medication for such “disorders” as social anxiety disorder,
generalized anxiety disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder.

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American society is plagued by self-induced stress. Should this be
something we pop pills for? Retrospectively, society accepts the
unhealthiness of prior forms of medicated stress relief. It is generally
accepted that smoking, for example, causes more problems than it
relieves. Why does America swallow anti-anxiety medication so freely,
without worrying about harmful side effects? These are powerful drugs
that target chemicals in the brain. Medication should be the last resort
in any anti-anxiety therapy. First, people who suffer anxiety should be
proactive and try to resolve their concerns.

One example of a disorder that is suddenly widely prescribed is Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD was first recognized as a serious
problem among veterans returning from war. These men suffered cold
sweats, panic attacks, nightmares, and compulsive behavior as a result of
near death experiences and the mental anguish of war. Some doctors are
now claiming that this same level of shock is regularly induced in car
accidents, they cite numbers as high as 9% of car accident victims suffer
“significant post-traumatic stress symptoms”.

A few years ago, I was in a rather serious car accident, and I
experienced symptoms like these medical journals described. I would often
upset myself by dwelling on the accident. I displayed obsessive behavior
in that I avoided left turns wherever possible, even on deserted streets.
I could not manage this out on country roads, but in the city grid I was
careful to take three right turns instead of making just one left. Riding
in a car that slams on its breaks still causes me to spin around and look
behind for the car that always seems to be on the verge of collision. Was
this Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder? As annoying as these symptoms were,
I find it would take a rather presumptuous hypochondriac to insist that
these small neuroses could rival the intense stress of a veteran
returning from the horrors of war. Perhaps I was stressed and absorbed by
my experience, but I certainly never needed medication.

What I did need to do was   to be proactive. I worked with the insurance
companies to work out the   claims. I spoke with my lawyer and found
someone who wanted to buy   and rebuild my totaled car so I did not have to
consign it to a junkyard.   I took responsibility for the situation and did
not let it take control of me. It did hurt to think about my car for
months, but I don’t obsess about it anymore. If you feel overwhelmed by a
car accident experience and all of your real medical needs are met, you
do not need a doctor. Talk to a lawyer about your situation and be
proactive about filing papers and taking action. I felt overwhelmed after
my car accident, but talking to an experienced car accident attorney
helped me to answer my questions, address my doubts, and quell my
anxiety. No pills required.

Car Accident Lawyer Legal Advice

Car accidents are currently the number one killer of people between the
ages of 1 and 37 in the United States. Car accidents, crashes, and
collisions cause about 3 million injuries a year, 2 million of which are
permanent and crippling injuries per year. 40,000 people die in car
accidents every year in the United States alone. The Department of
Transportation reports that most of these car accident deaths can be
avoided. About 40% of car crash fatalities involve drinking alcohol and
driving. Many accidents involve some combination of alcohol and speeding.
Additionally, seatbelt use is only around 68% despite the proven fact
that seatbelts protect drivers and passengers and save lives. In more
than half of all car accident fatalities, the deceased were found not to
be wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

Reckless and drunk driving is a serious offense and the law treats a car,
when it causes injuries, as a dangerous weapon. When victims are injured
and killed in drunk driving accidents, the driver can be charged the same
as if he or she had attacked their victims with any other weapon, like a
gun. A drunk driver who kills a person can be sent to prison for murder.
Such dangerous activities as drunk driving and racing are often treated
casually by young people, but they do not understand the inherent risks
associated with this behavior. Every twelve minutes somebody in the
country dies in a car accident.

If you or somebody you love has been involved in a car accident, either
as a driver or as a victim, it is important to seek legal council.
Remember, if you are involved in an accident, never to apologize or
accept responsibility without consulting a lawyer. Car crashes are scary,
but apologizing on the scene can fix the blame on you even if the
collision is another driver’s fault. A lawyer can help you work out the
necessary paperwork and protect you from accusations and court
proceedings. Insurance companies have lawyers protecting their interests,
shouldn’t you?

Finally, do not panic. As drivers become more aware of their
responsibilities and car companies develop safer vehicles, the percentage
of deaths in car crashes has steadily declined. When combined with safe,
responsible driving techniques, such as acknowledging posted speed
limits, wearing seatbelts, and going out with designated drivers, these
new cars and advanced roadways promise a safer driving experience.

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