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Learn more about the Link Between Depression and Traumatic Brain Injury
If you have suffered a brain injury from a car accident in Des Moines, Iowa, your chances of suffering from major depression are greatly increased over those that have not suffered from a brain injury. Studies have found that more than half of the victims that suffer TBI as a result of a car accident suffer from major depression within one year of the accident.
Dealing with a Brain Injury
The medical treatment of symptoms and complications from TBI as a result of a car accident in Des Moines, Iowa tends to focus on the physical and cognitive symptoms. One major symptom that many doctors tend to ignore is the major depression that can ensue. Psychological symptoms can pose the same or even more disability than the physical or cognitive symptoms of TBI, therefore slowing the recovery of the victim down significantly. The combination of impaired cognitive ability and physical disability combine to make the victim frustrated, upset and eventually depressed.
Challenges of Depression after TBI
The challenges of depression after TBI are different than those that experience isolated depression. Because depression impedes the recovery of the car accident victim with TBI it hinders their recovery to varying degrees. Some of the challenges that victims experience include:
Diminished daily activities
Higher stress levels
Reduced employment/lost wages
Very low social activity
Increased risk of suicide
Those who suffer from depression put themselves at more risk of not recovering correctly after a traumatic brain injury. The mind is at a diminished state and depression theoretically eats away at the mind. It takes willpower and determination to recover from such an injury and when depression comes into the picture, it can ultimately affect the entire recovery process.
The most important step that those who suffer from TBI and depression after a car accident can take is to consult with their doctor. The earlier a patient seeks help, the more likely they are to be able to treat their depression and to recover from the complications of their TBI.
If you or a loved one has suffered from TBI and therefore major depression from a car accident in Des Moines, Iowa, we are here to help answer your questions. Our new book offered by Iowa attorneys Corey L. Walker and Erik Bair “The Legal Insider’s Guide to Iowa Car Accidents – 7 Secrets To Not Wreck Your Case” is available at no cost or obligation. This book was written to help Iowans learn Iowa’s accident laws and what your rights are. It’s provided to help hard-working Iowans get what they deserve, without losing their hard-earned money. This book can be ordered by visiting www.IowaCarAccidentBook.com or by calling the 24-hour recorded message line at 1-800-707-2552 (extension 510). This book is provided for Iowans to read in the comfort of their own home with no pressure or obligations. If you require immediate assistance, call (888) 435-9886 and ask for Corey.