I want to introduce a new syndrome which I call Vehicular Trauma Syndrome or VTS. From my clinical practice which specializes in treating people who have survived serious vehicular accidents of one kind or another, I have come to recognize a constellation of psychological and physical symptoms specific to these kinds of accidents. There are also characteristic stages of recovery which I will briefly describe.

I believe VTS is new because I have not found it described as such anywhere, although parts of it are broken up into various diagnoses we commonly use. My practice in metro Detroit, the Motor City, sees a steady flow of newly minted auto accident victim’s courtesy of no apparent shortage of distracted, drunk, drugged, fatigued, speeding and otherwise impaired drivers who cause the accidents.

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