Recovery from serious car crash injuries often involves anxiety and depression. While there is no simple, single answer to the question how to cope with depression and anxiety on top of potentially life-changing physical injuries, there are some things sufferers can do to aid their recovery.
Depression after road traffic accidents
Coping with depression while still recovering in hospital from injuries sustained in traffic accidents is made easier by adopting some form of routine. In addition to the regular schedule of therapy sessions, try to set specific times aside for visiting and relaxation, as well as attempting to go to bed at a specific time each night.
Opening up to others
Other ways of dealing with depression include being open with family, friends and hospital staff concerning personal needs; asking questions concerning unclear aspects of required care, and sharing worries and concerns with others.
Bottling feelings up or pretending nothing bad has happened will ultimately result in far deeper seated emotional and mental issues. It is better to accept that there may be some things you may no longer be able to do, be sad about it for a while and, rather than exaggerating the loss by thinking you can no longer do anything, trying to look forward to finding new enjoyable things to do.
Fighting depression at home
Allowing preconceived ideas concerning physical disabilities to make you feel like a second class citizen and/or getting into a habit of allowing others to do everything (and subsequently feeling helpless) when returning home after an accident on the road nurtures depression rather than fighting it and should be avoided. So should avoiding going out or other situations likely to be uncomfortable, as delaying these situations will make it worse when it is no longer possible to avoid them. Instead, try to:
- Develop a routine and adhere to it
- Stay involved with life by finding new/rediscovering old activities to enjoy
- Boost self-confidence and combat depression by acknowledging signs of improvement
- Be open and willing to accept support from family and friends
Nurturing healthy relationships (family members, friends, others in similar situations) also assists substantially in preventing anxiety and depression.
Financial worries are known to trigger anxiety and depression after suffering accidental injuries. If your vehicle accident was caused by someone else, this worry may be abated by claiming for driver or passenger injury compensation. Find out how by contacting Accident Advice Helpline today.