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12 Signs You Are Suffering From Depression Caused by Your Car Crash

doctor writing the word depression on a clear screenIf you were injured in a car accident, you could suffer long-term effects of your injuries, such as chronic pain from a spinal cord injury, partial or complete paralysis, or a traumatic brain injury that could significantly affect your memory, reasoning, or emotions. Unfortunately, you might find that your physical injuries or the trauma from the crash could cause you to develop depression. This is a serious medical condition that you should not ignore or think that you can simply shake off.

12 Symptoms of Depression You Should Watch for After Your Crash

Depression is a mental disorder where you experience persistent feelings of sadness and a loss of interest in various aspects of life. It can affect how you think, feel, and behave, and it can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. Signs that you may be depressed include:

  1. You feel sad, tearful, empty, or hopeless.
  2. You become angry, irritable, or frustrated—even over minor issues.
  3. You lose interest in activities that used to give you pleasure.
  4. You sleep too much or have difficulty getting enough sleep.
  5. You are tired and have no energy. Even small tasks feel like they will take too much of your energy to complete.
  6. You have changes in your appetite that cause you to lose or gain weight.
  7. You become anxious, agitated, or restless.
  8. Your thoughts, movements, or speech become slowed.
  9. You feel worthless or guilty or become fixated on mistakes from your past.
  10. You have trouble thinking, concentrating, remembering things, or making decisions.
  11. You have frequent thoughts of death or suicide. If you are experiencing this, you should seek medical attention immediately.
  12. You develop unexplained medical problems like headaches or back pain.

Many people who become depressed can experience multiple episodes of it—especially with a traumatic accident or serious injuries. The symptoms can cause problems in your day-to-day activities, work, family life, and other relationships. Depending on how severe your depression is, you could require hospitalization, medications, and counseling to help you manage it.

If you suffer from depression, it is critical that you obtain treatment so your depression does not worsen. Fortunately, you may be entitled to compensation for your expensive treatments from the negligent driver. Fill out an online form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today to learn about your legal options.