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Car accident, Trauma, Theories

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ThisIsOnlyABumpInTheRoad

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My theory is that the car accident was a catalyst to a hidden anxiety and low mood health issue.

Let me know what you think and if you have other theories. This may also be triggering so be careful, I've tried my best to edit it down to as little details as possible.

So my family has got quite a decent amount of depression going on in the bloodline from both sides. so from this I wanna say my anxiety and low mood are hereditary seeing as quite a few people in my family have mental health issues.

That aside I do not remember being anxious or low in mood before this car accident happened.

Okay so, when I was about 7/8yrs old, I was in a car accident, we were in a Pajero so no one on our side got too hurt. But the car that crashed into us was a smaller one that was completely crushed on one side. Thankfully the driver was fine. Now the other kids in the car were also fine but I got whiplash from this since I was in the middle seat in the back with no headrest.

My mum picked me up and took me outside and I just remember her shouting at this guy who crashed into us whilst my neck hurt so badly.

I remember nothing else after that, but apparently I had whiplash for 6months, and I clung to my mum every single day of those 6months and would not go to school without her with me all day (she was working so obviously couldn't do this)

After this my anxiety skyrocketed, I managed to get comfortable going to school without her. But I did develop something akin to social anxiety, fear of people, being around people, teachers, doctors, people with control.

This spread into secondary school, my social anxiety was through the roof every day unless I was feeling depressed. My family was also fighting alot at this time. (My mum apparently had depression, which I didn't find out till recently) and my parents were close to getting divorced. Some other bad things happened in secondary school that I won't mention, but it was a bad time. Plus, puberty.

At any rate after school, college came around and my anxiety got better, same with the depression. It was a happy time and now at uni we're back to an anxious depressed mess. Yay!

So, with my life story over and done with, what do you think? Do you think the car accident boosted my anxiety as well? Do you think I was bound to be an anxious blob of fluff from the get go, cause genes? Or something else? Am curious.

Thanks for reading such a long post, let me know what your theory's are.
 
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Hello, like you have said some people can be pre-dispositioned to anxiety and depression and certain stressful events can trigger or exacerbate these issues.
Do you think it’s a possibility that suffering such a trauma at a young age has caused post traumatic stress disorder that has caused these spiralling of anxiety since ?
 
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ThisIsOnlyABumpInTheRoad

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Hello, like you have said some people can be pre-dispositioned to anxiety and depression and certain stressful events can trigger or exacerbate these issues.
Do you think it’s a possibility that suffering such a trauma at a young age has caused post traumatic stress disorder that has caused these spiralling of anxiety since ?
Ooh, I didn't think of that, yeah it is possible. It wouldn't surprise me if it had caused PTSD.

I think I do have some kind of trauma connected to the accident though because as soon as I even think of it or of whiplash I instantly get the pain in the back of my neck from it, that I know is purely on my head, but the accident certainly did something
 
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Ooh, I didn't think of that, yeah it is possible. It wouldn't surprise me if it had caused PTSD.

I think I do have some kind of trauma connected to the accident though because as soon as I even think of it or of whiplash I instantly get the pain in the back of my neck from it, that I know is purely on my head, but the accident certainly did something
like you say our brains are incredibly powerful tools and can associate feelings with memories..
I can be in certain situations and my body remembers how I reacted in those scenarios and wham... same symptoms come about that I experienced in the past.
Such a big trauma at a young age is bound to have an effect like you say.
 
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