An accident in the construction industry can be devastating to your life. If you are suffering from serious injuries, you may need a long recovery period. A catastrophic injury could prevent you from returning to work. It will cause a lot of stress in your life.

Construction injuries are often traumatic. They can involve falls, fires or explosions. Or, they could be caused by a large object being dropped on you. After a construction accident it’s normal to feel negative emotions such as fear, anxiety and confusion. These accidents can also cause long-term mental injuries.

You may have a serious mental illness if you experience persistent physical or emotional symptoms following an accident. This could be generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, clinical depression, etc.

Psychological Injuries

It can affect your mental health and your daily life. They may also interfere with your ability. If you continue to experience symptoms of a mental disorder after an accident, it is important to seek medical attention.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Trauma caused by construction accidents can change the chemistry in your brain. The Amygdala helps regulate motivational behavior and plays a significant role in processing behaviors related to changes in the environment. The amygdala is the part of your brain that sends distress signals. Some neurologists call it the brain’s “smoke detector”.

After an accident changes in the Amygdala can cause a high state of arousal, which triggers General Anxiety Disorder (GAD). This is a persistent state of worry, restlessness and anxiety. GAD patients often experience a feeling of imminent danger. GAD can cause panic attacks where severe physical reactions are triggered by sudden episodes of fear, such as dizziness and shortness of breath.

GAD is a serious condition that can have a devastating impact on your life. It can cause the following symptoms.

  • Tension
  • Unease
  • Weakness
  • Shaking
  • Sweating
  • Hyperventilation
  • Heart rate increases
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Heart palpitations
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Feeling of imminent danger

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD ) is another psychiatric condition that can be caused by trauma or severe stress. Patients with PTSD have either experienced or witnessed an event or series of circumstances that was traumatic, such as construction accidents.

PTSD is often associated with combat veterans. However, it can also result from the body’s reaction to traumatic experiences such as an auto accident or workplace injury. Like GAD and PTSD, PTSD is linked to structural changes in amygdala.

People with PTSD may feel agitated or angry. Patients become suspicious of their surroundings and are more watchful. Patients with PTSD may have flashbacks to the trauma. Patients with PTSD may experience episodes of being highly aroused. This can lead to violent and irrational behavior.

The following symptoms are associated with PTSD:

  • Severe anxiety
  • Detachment
  • Fear Not
  • Fatigue
  • Nightmares
  • Swings in mood
  • Invasion of memories
  • Sleep disruption
  • Confusi√≥n
  • Memory loss
  • Social Isolation
  • Obsessive Behavior
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Reduced interest in Activities
  • Suicide or self-harm thoughts
  • Avoiding responsibility

Clinical Depression

It is normal to feel upset after an unfortunate event, like a construction accident. However, clinical depression is a much more serious condition. Clinical Depression is caused by malfunctioning neurotransmitters. Clinically depressed people withdraw from other people, feel fatigued and have a long-lasting feeling of hopelessness.

You should consult a doctor if you experience a change in your level of functioning following an accident that lasts more than two weeks. Clinical depression can include the following symptoms:

  • Feelings of sadness and tears
  • Lack of energy
  • Guilt
  • Denial
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Social withdrawal
  • Digestion problems
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleep patterns can change.
  • Drug and alcohol consumption increases
  • It is difficult to concentrate or make decisions

Do You Have These Symptoms?

This article was written by Alla Tenina. Alla is one of the best attorneys in Los Angeles California, and the founder of Tenina Law. She has experience in bankruptcies, real estate planning, and complex physical injury matters. Visit for more information. The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this site are for general informational purposes only. Information on this website may not constitute the most up-to-date legal or other information. This website contains links to other third-party websites. Such links are only for the convenience of the reader, user or browser; the ABA and its members do not recommend or endorse the contents of the third-party sites.


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