Unfortunately, work-related injuries do vary in severity, and for some brain injury is the raw reality. Yet, when you suffer a brain injury due to an accident at work, recovering from the physical effects isn’t the only problem victims have to endure. Many suffer post injury depression and as such have to battle both physically and mentally debilitating after-effects of their accident at work.
How to help post injury depression
Post injury depression is a relatively common symptom following injury to the brain, in fact it is believed that brain injury can increase your chances of suffering from depression, generally.
It can be difficult to help yourself, or indeed a close family member or friend, when suffering from depression, but there are ways to ease the monotony and strain that day-to-day life can bring.
- Speak with someone and share how you are feeling
- Try to shower and dress each day, before midday
- Maintain regular eating patterns
- Invest your time and energy into an existing or new found hobby or interest
- Refrain from drinking alcohol or taking drugs, which can worsen the condition
- Wind down before bed, take a bath to relax and encourage natural sleeping patterns
When the small things are impossible
Of course, at times of severe depression, including post injury depression, it can seem impossible to do the most basic of tasks. If you feel this way, try not to burden yourself with guilt, this will only add to the despair you are living. Allow yourself time out.
On particularly difficult days, just focus on one goal and try to accomplish it. Be proud of this achievement.
Help is at hand
If things do ever get too much to bear, get in touch with your GP, your local emergency services, crisis team or a mental health helpline. Remember that depression is an illness and you do not have to suffer post injury depression in darkness. It may be difficult to see, but there are people who can help you.
Many local mental health services accept self-referrals. If you aren’t already receiving help for your condition, it may be worth looking at the options available to you.
Accident Advice Helpline
If your accident at work has left you suffering from post injury depression, Accident Advice Helpline can help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.
For more information, speak with an advisor today on freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: April 6, 2016
Author: Accident Advice