Post-Crash Anxiety Screen
What is it?
Motor vehicle collisions are the number one cause of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and a common cause of driver anxiety. It’s an invisible injury for which many people go undiagnosed and therefore, untreated. Many people experiencing PTSD and anxiety remain silent about their symptoms thinking they should get over it. But for many, getting over it doesn’t just happen on its own.
The Insight Post-Crash Anxiety Screen is a battery of evidence-based screens that looks for symptoms related to anxiety and stress-related disorders consistent with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual V (DSM V). It provides a confidential and secure way to report symptoms to allow for early identification and specialized interventions to help prevent or appropriately treat PTSD and anxiety disorders resulting from motor vehicle collision.
Post-crash Anxiety Screen
For many people the anxiety and stress-related symptoms they experience after a motor vehicle crash decreases within a reasonable period of time without any treatment. But for others their symptoms persist and can develop into a chronic anxiety or stress-related disorder. Once chronic, these disorders can be difficult to treat. Following a protocol of monitoring symptoms through regular screening and referring for treatment when appropriate can help to decrease symptoms and prevent chronic disorders like PTSD.
The Insight Driver Anxiety Screening Protocol follows an evidence-based approach to:
- Monitor symptoms to ensure they decrease as expected
- Identify individuals whose symptoms are not decreasing and could benefit from specialized treatment
- Identify those who experience latent onset of symptoms
- When an individual is identified as needing treatment, accessing health professionals that specialize in therapy aimed at decreasing anxiety and stress e.g. exposure therapy, to facilitate a return to daily independent transportation function is recommended.