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Mental Illness – Depression Pt. 5

When you suffer a personal injury accident you may suffer a loss in one way or another. Losses may include physical injuries and property damage to persons involved in the accident. However, these are not the only forms of losses that a person can suffer. There are instances where the accident incident affects how a person feels, thinks and moves physically for months or years. This article and a subsequent one will discuss three common forms of mental illnesses linked to personal injury cases. This article focuses on depression.

The National Institutes of Health recorded +40 million people have been affected by mental disorder since 2012 in the U.S. These individuals are often the survivors of road accidents, medical malpractice events and other disastrous accidents leading to severe trauma. Such victims are subject to various mental disorders. However, three such mental illnesses have been discovered as common among those affected in this way. These three mental illnesses are:

  1. Depression or full depressive states
  2. Anxiety in a variety of forms and
  3. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)


Many instances and states of depression are a result of factors such as the:

  • environment,
  • genetics,
  • biological issues
  • psychological issues and similar problems

There are many symptoms associated with those suffering from depression which may include the following:

  • Various forms of pain
  • Sleep interruptions
  • Excessively low energy at all times of the day and night

The mental aspect linked with depression may produce a number of issues in the sufferer. Some of these include:

  • Concentration problems
  • Memory and judgement disruptions
  • Emotional problems involving irritability and anxiety related to issues, places, things and people

Unfortunately, depression often causes serious complications that have adverse effects to those trying to recover from an injury. Some available treatments for depression include psychotherapy, brain stimulation treatment and medication to try and manage this condition. However, some medications have the risk of serious side effects such as:

  • dizziness,
  • sleepiness and
  • potential for suicidal thoughts



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