“I’m so depressed.” It’s a phrase that you likely hear often and that you’ve used in the past. In many contexts you don’t think much about what has been said, because you know that the person is not actually clinically depressed. For example, you may be disappointed that your team lost a game or that your favorite TV show was cancelled, but you are likely not clinically depressed.
Clinical Depression Is Different Than Sadness or Disappointment
The type of depression that you, or a loved one, can suffer after a Kentucky brain injury is a clinical condition that requires treatment. Failure to treat depression after a Kentucky brain injury may result in:
- Poor rehabilitation outcomes
- Reduced participation in daily living activities
- Increased feelings of failure
- Increased stress
- Reduced work hours, or the inability to work at all
- Higher occurrences of divorce
- Increased dependence on family members
- Sexual problems
- Less enjoyment out of life
- Poorer health
- Suicidal thoughts and/or actions
While studies have found a correlation between the factors listed above and depression after a traumatic brain injury, it is difficult to say whether the depression or the brain injuries are causing these problems. What we do know, however, is that in some cases depression may be treated and that the treatment for depression may alleviate some of these serious problems.
Call a Kentucky Brain Injury Lawyer If You’ve Been Hurt
There are many possible reasons for depression after a Kentucky brain injury. Perhaps, the brain has been changed by the injury or maybe the pain or limitations caused by your injury have led to depression. Either way, it is important to get treatment right away and to fight for your just recovery.
If you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury because of someone else’s negligent or deliberate actions then we encourage you to contact an experienced Kentucky brain injury attorney today at 800.634.8767 or 502.210.8942 to schedule an initial consultation.