Head injuries are broadly split into two types – minor head injuries and those that are referred to as traumatic brain injuries. When a head injury caused depression, it may have occurred following a traumatic brain injury.
Anyone can suffer from depression, although some appear to be predisposed to it more than others. Depression is underestimated by some, and comes with a pervading feeling of hopelessness and sadness that doesn’t let up. If you are feeling depressed, make sure you see your GP as soon as possible. (This holds true regardless of whether you have had a head injury or not.)
Has a head injury caused depression and changed your life?
Depression is surprisingly common after suffering a traumatic brain injury. Your life can change because of the symptoms you have. Around 50% of people who have this type of injury can experience depression in the year immediately following the injury.
Sometimes, this can be caused by an injury to the part of the brain that is responsible for emotions. However, it can simply be a sign that you are struggling to come to terms with any symptoms you have that may have affected you. If you cannot return to work, for example, or you cannot drive or do things you used to do before, you may find it hard to adjust. This could potentially lead to depression. Proper treatment is available to help with depression, so don’t suffer alone if you know you are affected. Ask your healthcare provider for more information and to get help and advice, and mention it to anyone you are seeing for your head injury, too.
How can we help?
We could help if your head injury caused depression and was caused originally by an incident that was not your fault. Did a third party cause the accident and injury to happen? If so, there is a chance a compensation claim may be successful in your case.
Accident Advice Helpline has spoken with many people over the years, some of whom were in a similar position to you. It’s easy to call us on 0800 689 0500, and speaking to an advisor comes with no obligation at all to go ahead with a claim if you feel you don’t want to. If you’re ringing from a mobile, call on 0333 500 0993 instead to have a friendly chat with someone who can help.
Date Published: November 16, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead