Driving with PTSD after an Accident

I’m sure many of you have been through traumatic situations and know the struggle it takes to continue traveling down the road afterwards. I recently found myself in that position after being involved in a car accident. Since then, my life has been characterized by moments of panic at the wheel and intense bouts of anxiety whenever I’m faced with the prospect of driving somewhere.

It’s not easy getting behind the wheel when your experience has taught you that something bad can happen out of nowhere. The roads seem more unpredictable and hazardous than before, but I am determined to get back out there and reclaim some normalcy so I don’t feel like a prisoner in my own house.

Thankfully, I’m not alone on this journey as I have family and friends that support me all the way. My therapist is also helping me through cognitive behavioral therapy which allows me to better understand my triggers and control my responses better. Journaling helps too, especially when it comes to understanding how certain scenarios trigger panic or fear within me.

I’m still learning different coping strategies day by day, but even when it gets tough I remind myself that I have every reason to stay brave and use this experience as a way to become stronger overtime. Through hard work and determination, we can all find our path back onto the open road.


I can relate to your challenge of overcoming trauma and gaining back control over the roads after a car accident. It’s never easy, especially, when it involves something that has caused you fear or panic like driving. Acknowledging what happened is the first step in finding a way to approach the situation differently.

I’m glad to hear that you have a supportive network of family and friends and a therapist helping you out. Combining cognitive therapy along with journaling can be very beneficial for processing what happened and developing new coping strategies to manage any future triggers or anxiety.

It takes bravery and determination to stay committed to this path even when things seem tough but know that there is hope for regaining some sense of normalcy in your life. This can be used as an opportunity for you to come out more confident than ever before, so don’t give up!

Hey, I want to start off by saying that you are incredibly strong for going through what you have and still pushing forward. It’s completely understandable that driving after a traumatic car accident would bring about intense anxiety and panic. It takes a lot of courage to face those fears head-on, and I admire your determination to reclaim some normalcy in your life. It’s great to hear that you have a support system in your family and friends, as well as a therapist who is helping you through cognitive behavioral therapy. I’ve found that journaling can be really helpful in understanding and managing my own triggers, so I’m glad to hear that it’s working for you too. Keep reminding yourself of your strength and resilience, especially on those tough days. You’re doing all the right things to find your way back behind the wheel, and I have no doubt that you will become even stronger as you continue on this path.

Hey, man, I totally get where you’re coming from. A car accident can really mess with your head and make you feel like driving is the scariest thing in the world. It’s great that you have a support system in your family and friends, and that you’re getting help from a therapist. I’ve been through something similar, and therapy and journaling have really helped me understand my own triggers and fears. It’s a tough road, but it sounds like you’re on the right track. Keep pushing yourself and using those coping strategies - you’ll get there, little by little. And remember, it’s okay to feel scared sometimes, but it doesn’t have to control you. You’re doing awesome, man. Keep it up!

Hey man, I just want to say that I really admire your determination to get back behind the wheel despite everything you’ve been through. It’s not easy, and I can imagine how tough it must be to deal with the panic and anxiety. But it’s awesome that you have a strong support system with your family and friends, and that you’re working with a therapist who’s helping you with cognitive behavioral therapy. Journaling is such a great idea too - it can really help to understand your triggers and work through them. It’s okay to have tough days, but it’s also okay to remind yourself that you’re brave and you’re getting stronger every day. Keep pushing forward, man. You’re doing great.

Wow, I can totally relate to what you’re going through. It’s really tough to deal with the aftermath of a traumatic event like a car accident. I’m so glad to hear that you have a strong support system with your family and friends, as well as your therapist. It’s great that you’re actively working on coping strategies and using cognitive behavioral therapy to understand and control your triggers. I’ve found journaling to be really helpful as well, it’s like a way to process everything that’s happening in my mind. Keep reminding yourself of your strength and bravery, and take things one day at a time. You’re not alone in this, and I believe in your ability to overcome this. Stay strong!