For some people, dealing with trauma is as simple as letting time go by, until they find that they are able to cope better and soon enough don’t think about it at all. However, in the cases of very serious accidents, or just for some people, it can be more difficult to move past a traumatic event, and you may find yourself becoming depressed or anxious.
If you are struggling with depression or anxiety, you do need to do something about it as quickly as you can so that the problem doesn’t get any worse. Depression and anxiety can easily lead to suicidal thoughts or more serious emotional and mental problems, so it is critical that you do not just leave them alone and hope that they go away.
The two main options for treating the symptoms of trauma (such as depression) are medication and counselling, but which should you choose?
Medication after an accident
- Medication often works faster. If you decide to choose medication, you can often expect to feel a difference after around four weeks. Counselling can take much longer — months, or perhaps even years.
- Medication gets to the root of the problem. In many cases, depression or anxiety will be signified by a brain imbalance that can easily be treated with drugs. Medication is designed to tackle this problem, and will help to dull the symptoms more effectively.
Counselling after an accident
- You get to stay the same. One of the things people dislike most about medication is the sense that they are ‘not themselves’ anymore, as it can trigger changes to personality and thinking. Counselling helps you to think differently, while retaining your own sense of self.
- Feeling numb. Some kinds of medication do help to dull the emotional pain, but also dull happier feelings as well, leaving patients feeling numb. You may go through some seriously upsetting experiences in counselling, but will be able to learn from every feeling rather than disguising them.
How to make Isles of Scilly claims after an accident
One of the best ways to take control back of the situation and feel as though you are making steps forward in your recovery is to make Isles of Scilly claims against the person who was at fault for your accident.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, to find out more about Isles of Scilly claims and decide whether or not this process is the right step forward for you.
If you do decide to progress with the Isles of Scilly claims for your accident, you will be passed over to an experienced personal injury lawyer who will handle your claim on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis, and will work entirely on your behalf so that you don’t have to go to court. Call us for more on Isles of Scilly claims.
Date Published: 25th June 2014
Author: David Brown