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Pregnant in a car accident

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I have recently become very depressed after a recent car accident. I’m 6 months pregnant and have been having relationship issues I was on my way to see the father (We have been separated for the last month approximately) to work things out when I was involved in a car accident in which family members were hurt. I was the driver of the car and although there was nothing I could have done to prevent the accident I still feel at fault. I have had trouble with sleeping and eating since the incident. With the car accident and the relationship troubles it has really been hard to cope with all of the emotions running through my head.

Pregnant in a car accident

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The emotional traumas of a car accident combined with the difficulties of your situation (not to mention the hormonal shift your body is going through) are good reasons why you are having trouble eating and sleeping. I would work with a trauma therapist familiar with post-traumatic stress disorder and who has training in EMDR, a particular technique used with individuals who have experienced traumatic events. I am not diagnosing you with PTSD, but someone who knows their way though traumatic reactions can best evaluate the events you’ve described. This is likely to be a good place to begin; you can find someone in your area that specializes in this under the find help tab above.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan

Pregnant in a car accident

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Pregnant in a car accident. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 23, 2019, from
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