Dealing With Depression Caused by Traumatic Brain Injuries
Depression and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) go hand in hand. It is common for brain injury survivors to experience depression following motor vehicle accidents. There is no shame in seeking treatment and the sooner you seek treatment for your depression, the better. Taking a multi-faceted approach to the problem can help you recover and regain your sense of self as your body and brain heal.
Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms
You may feel "fine" after the accident, when in reality you may be anything but. Common signs of depression include changes in sleep patterns and appetite, difficulty concentrating, withdrawal from friends and relationships, exhaustion, as well as thoughts and idealizations of death or suicide.
Speak with your healthcare provider. There are many antidepressant medications they can prescribe to restore the balance of serotonin and other hormones within the brain that the neurotransmitters within your brain rely on. TBI affects the chemistry within the brain and can impair neurotransmitter function. Medications can help get them humming along in harmony again.
However, medication alone won't heal depression. It merely alleviates the symptoms. In addition to medication, it's advisable to meet with a counselor. Counseling performed by a licensed therapist can help you process the emotional consequences of a TBI. Your therapist can help you develop coping strategies that can help relieve stress and enhance your mood. It is also advisable to keep a diary and meditate. These two activities help release tension which reduces stress on the brain.
Get Active (and Get Social!)
In addition to serotonin, your brain depends on endorphins for proper function. Following a TBI, it is a good idea to avoid staying sedentary. Going for walks, taking a hike, staying involved with friends and family, and doing things you enjoy can significantly improve your mood. Staying active and getting regular exercise will help your brain remain balanced.
Finally, contact the attorneys at Welmaker Personal Injury Law by calling (726) 666-6666. We will help you recover the compensation you need to financially recover from a Traumatic Brain Injury, and in turn, this will help alleviate much of the stress a motor vehicle collision can cause.