This probably isn't your typical request for advice letter, but I need someone's help.
I was in an automobile accident with my two children (4 and 1) two days ago. I was the only one injured badly, and I realize how fortunate we all are, and that it could have been much worse.
I was parked and we were about to get out of the car in a parking lot. A lady lost control of her car, and came barreling at us, and hit us head on. My daughter had unbuckled her booster seat belt because we were parked, and she came flying up to the front seat.
Now every time I close my eyes, I have visions of the car coming at us. I keep having these terrible thoughts, and it's very frightening. Any suggestions on how to cope with this? It was very traumatic, but we are all safe.
I need to find a way to get past it. Again, I realize it's only been 48 hours since the accident, but I'm making myself crazy here.
Signed, Scared in Cincinnati
Dear Scared in Cincinnati,
A car accident is traumatic but fortunately you and your children survived. I think you should speak to your doctor to recommend a psychotherapist. That person will help you overcome your anguish. It was not your fault in the accident but sometimes a person does feel guilt and talking to someone will help you get over it.
It takes time. I would say get the help now before this story get bigger.
Good Health and Good Luck.
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