Although it’s not always the first thing that comes to mind when people think of auto accident injuries, depression is often a serious and debilitating problem for those who have been in auto accidents.
Depression manifests in different ways, and there are three main types of clinical depression:
Major depression with psychotic features
Major depression with melancholic features
Major depression with atypical features.
Symptoms of depression also present in various ways, including:
- Persistent feelings of sadness or emptiness; unexplained crying spells.
- Lack of pleasure or enjoyment in activities that normally produce joy.
- Loss of appetite.
- Trouble sleeping or consistently sleeping too much.
- Becoming easily agitated or fidgety.
- Decreased energy or fatigue.
- Persistent feelings of guilt.
- Lack of ability to concentrate or focus on tasks.
- Inability to communicate effectively or articulate thoughts.
- Thoughts that often drift to death or suicide.
- Irritability over inconsequential matters.
- The decrease in sex drive.
Typically, a psychiatrist diagnoses major depression. Methods to determine a diagnosis include physical and psychological evaluations.
If you’ve been in an auto accident and are suffering from major depression as a result, you have options that could help you get your life back on track. This includes psychotherapy, inpatient or outpatient treatment programs, and antidepressant medications. Furthermore, doctors can order procedures to treat the neurological functions that trigger with clinical depression. These methods include electroconvulsive therapy and procedures that stimulate the vagus cranial nerves, the thalamus, the globus pallidus, or smaller areas of the brain via transcranial magnetic stimulation.