I’m wondering if anyone else has felt these symptoms after major crashes, and kinda wanted to start a support topic. To clarify, I’m already going to counseling, and I’m not looking for pity, rather advice I guess, and seeing if anyone else could be helped.
After the crash described above, I was ready to hop on a board and go again. However, about 7 months later, I find myself having almost debilitating anxiety about the crash. I was startled awake a couple nights ago, flashing back and watching the car speed up behind me, missing me by inches and me jumping off the board at nearly 35mph trying to avoid it. Once I hit the ground in the dream, I woke up and had to catch my breath. I now find myself constantly asking, almost obsessing about my own mortality after that crash. What if I hadn’t jumped off? What if she didn’t swerve? What if she swerved the other way and hit me when I jumped? What if she didn’t stop, and I had to get home on my own? I understand fully that, because they didn’t happen, it’s wierd to obsess about. But here we are I haven’t been on a board in awhile due to battery problems, but that’s not related to this.
I haven’t felt this about my first crash, in which I would argue I was more injured. But, that wasn’t a life threatening situation, so I suppose not as traumatic.
I guess my question is, after a crash, life threatening or not, has anyone had to deal with this? What did they do to curb the anxiety and get back on the board?