Our expert says:
Sounds like he is developing panic attacks or severe anxiety like claustrophobia, which can happen after such an accident. Its not subconscious, but an effect of the enormous psychological shock he experienced. Usually such effects clear up in the first couple of weeks , but if they don't, or if they seem to be getting worse, he should inded see a good local shrink for a proper asse4ssment and a discussion of treatment options, which may include medication and CBT counselling. Yes, this would take up some of his time --- but he must just think of how much more time would be watsed off-work if these attacks continued or worsened.
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