Statistics provided by the National Institute of Mental Health show that depression is one of the most common disorders in the United States, while 16.5 percent of individuals have a lifetime prevalence of depression.
Depression is a psychological disorder which is known to affect a person’s life in many different ways. It typically causes the feeling of sadness and loss of interest in all activities and can ultimately affect an individual’s family, sleep, work, school life, eating habits and overall health. Statistics show that 3.4 percent of individual with severe depression commit suicide.
If you or a loved one is suffering from depression as a result of an automobile accident, the victim may be eligible to receive compensation for their losses and damages including; medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and property damages.
Signs of Depression
As depression is known to affect all areas of one’s life, all individuals must recognize the signs and symptoms of depression to prevent it from occurring to themselves or a loved one. Often times, following an automobile accident, individuals may experience different types of depression. Whether it is as a result from an injury, losing a friend or family member in the accident, or from other losses caused by the accident.
Some signs of depression include:
- Very low mood
- Poor concentration
- Avoid social situations
- Reduced sex drive
- Thoughts of death or suicide
If these signs are appearing more than usual following an automobile accident, it is recommended to speak with your doctor. As depression is rather common, individuals should not hesitate to schedule an appointment, all appointments are also confidential.
Causes of Depression After Injury
In most cases, an individual will suffer from depression as a result of many different factors, following an accident however, an individual will typically develop depression as a result of this stressful life event. This can be explained with the diathesis-stress model.
The diathesis-stress model takes into account an individual’s genetic, biological, psychology, and situational factors to determine their depression. This is most commonly related to the amount of stress an individual is experiencing.
This model shows how ones genetic traits interact with the stress in their life to produce disorders like depression. This model proves that if a combination of these factors exceeds a certain threshold, they will develop onto depression or another type of mental disorder.
Treatment options vary greatly for individuals suffering from depression; however, there are three common forms of treatment used for depression that are medication, psychotherapy, and electroconvulsive therapy. Typically electroconvulsive therapy is a last resort cure and is avoided for individuals under the age of 18.
- Medication – Medications such as antidepressants are typically prescribed to individuals with more severe forms of depression. Typically, patients will need to find the correct dosage which produces minimal side-effects. In addition, antidepressants may be used with psychotherapy.
- Psychotherapy – Psychotherapy can be used to treat individuals, or groups of people. It can also be used in conjunction with medications, such as for more chronic forms of depression. Psychotherapy has been proven to be effective in older people and also prevents depression from reoccurring.
- Electroconvulsive Therapy – Electroconvulsive therapy is used by sending electrical pulses through the brain using two electrodes. This has been known to treat individual suffering from severe depression that has not responded to any medication or psychotherapy.
Today there are many innovations in medicine and psychotherapy that are used to treat depression. As, nearly 51 percent of people suffer from lifetime anxiety prior to the development of depression, if the signs mentioned earlier are caught in time, depression may never develop at all.
Contact An Experienced Auto Accident Attorney
Throughout the years, Lewis & Keller has gathered many accolades for being honest, reputable and knowledgeable attorneys. Our lawyers have won over $10 million in successful verdicts and settlement for our clients, and are here to help you win justice in the court of law.
With our main headquarters in Winston-Salem, we are able to serve the entire state of North Carolina.
Some locations we serve include:
- Buena Vista
- Park Terrace
- Reynolda Park
To learn about how Lewis & Keller can assist you, contact us at 866-299-1769 and a member of our intake staff will gather details about your accident and connect you with one of our helpful attorneys.
Begin here, fill out the “Free Case Review” form on this page – It’s So Easy!