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By John Kristensen of Kristensen, LLP posted in Personal Injuries on Friday, December 27, 2019.
Symptoms of Emotional Distress

In many legal cases where one has been victimized, it’s easy to understand tangible harm endured, especially if that harm is financial or physical. When it comes to emotional distress, however, in many cases the damages can be unfairly dismissed because they are more abstract. Emotional distress can adversely impact one’s life just as significantly as any other type of suffering, so here are a few symptoms to recognize emotional distress.

Fear
To ‘live in fear’ is a phrase most of us have heard, but rarely internalize the impact. If someone experiences an accident that creates a fear of driving, or an assault that creates a fear of leaving the house, it is easy to understand how quickly that can impact one’s livelihood and ability to support oneself. While the danger can leave, the fear can remain – and continually cause harm.

Anxiety
Anxiety is a common response to a traumatic event that not only impacts one’s ability to enjoy life, but also can have severe effects on one’s health. Anxiety and stress go hand-in-hand, and long-term stress can impact the mind, heart, and disrupt important processes within the body.

Lack of sleep
All of the above conditions, and many more, can result in a lack of sleep. It may sound small, but the mental and physical effects can quickly add up and cause severe damage. Sleep is one of the fundamental human needs and to go without it is not something to be taken lightly.

These are only a few examples, and no matter what form emotional distress takes, the impact on one’s life can be devastating. If you believe you or a loved one is experiencing emotional distress as the result of an incident, please reach out to our office so we can help you determine if you have a case to seek justice and healing.