After a car wreck, especially if they suffered other injuries, many people begin to suffer from depression. This can manifest as withdrawal from friends and family, feeling sad and down, anxiety, excessive sleep or lack of sleep, unusual crying or irritability, over-eating or loss of appetite, a bad attitude about life and the future, and/or other symptoms. Many people describe it as having become a different (sadder) person. It is more than just a bad day; it is a medical condition for which professional treatment is often needed.
What to do if you might be suffering from depression
If you suspect that you might be suffering from depression after an accident, here are some suggestions:
- Talk to a medical provider. They can help you know where to go and what to do;
- Talk to a trusted family member or friend. Tell them how you are feeling and see if they have noticed any changes to you;
- Talk to a counselor who can help you work through these feelings;
- Most importantly, don’t try to deal with it alone.
For many years, suffering from depression carried a social stigma. Thankfully, it has begun to get better to some extent. Approximately 13% of people in our country take anti-depressants. One healthcare professional told a group of people in Colorado Springs that every person there had at least one blood relative who suffered from depression.
Having depression is normal. More so after the trauma and loss that a car crash can cause. It is much better to document the problems you are having with a medical provider than to try to fix the condition on your own. You may or may not need medication and/or counseling, but it is better to seek help and find out instead of living with untreated depression.
If you or a loved one have been hurt in a car wreck, it is important to talk to a lawyer you can trust to help you. They can deal with the insurance companies while you work on healing from your physical and psychological injuries.