When most people think of injuries caused by car accidents, they think of physical problems like pain and concussions. Our mental health can be affected by a motor vehicle accident (MVA) too. A car crash accident can cause anxiety, PTSD, or depression. There are several common symptoms of psychological trauma after being in a car accident:
Fear of getting back behind the wheel Panic attacks Difficulty sleeping
Nightmares Low energy Muscle tension Headaches Irritability Low mood Lack of interest in favourite things Guilt Suicidal thoughts Concentration and thinking problems
Fortunately, your ICBC insurance includes coverage for counselling services. The services could be provided by a therapist who is a registered provider with ICBC.
As of April 1, 2019, individuals who have been in a car accident no longer need pre-approval from ICBC for their healthcare treatments as long as they have an ICBC claim number. This means you get access to services to improve your physical and mental health right away from Day 1 of your accident and up to 12 weeks after the accident. Seeing a counsellor after an incident can greatly remove long-term impacts on your mental health and general wellbeing. You can focus on better emotional regulation, managing anxiety or traumatic memories, improving coping mechanisms and exploring helpful tools for a better recovery.
If you have any questions - please get in touch with us. We will ask you to provide the following information: 1. Your ICBC Claim number 2. Personal health number (care card number) 3. Date of injury 4. The name and contact information of the claim adjuster or ICBC Team that is overseeing your claim.
No physicians referral is needed - simply book a free initial consultation. We will help you make positive changes in your life.