Learning to live after a spinal cord injury can be a challenging experience. Your life has drastically changed, and trying to cope with the differences might be difficult. Feeling down because of everything that has happened to you is both normal and understandable. Those low feelings, however, can also turn into chronic depression.
It isn’t always easy to focus on what you can do after you suffer a catastrophic injury, but this is one of the best ways to pull yourself out of deep sadness. It might help if you talk to your loved ones about how you’re feeling. They may be able to help you see the good in the situation and could possibly help you to find new hobbies.
As time progresses after the injury, you should start to feel more hopeful. If the sadness continues to deepen, you may need to seek the help of a mental health professional. In some cases, simply being able to talk your feelings out with an impartial party and finding out some of the techniques that might help you to cope with them can help you greatly. In other instances, medications and other options might be necessary.
Depression can impact every aspect of your life so be sure you get the help you need. If you notice that you’re having trouble sleeping, don’t have any energy or your no longer enjoy things like you used to do, depression may be creeping up on you.
Getting the help you need can be costly, especially when it’s on top of the medical costs you already have. If your spinal cord injury was the result of another person’s negligence, you can — and should — pursue a claim for compensation.