One thing that I see over and over in my personal injury practice is depression following traumatic brain injury or TBI. The fact is, about half of the people suffering a TBI experience depression within the first year following the injury; that number rises to nearly two-thirds within seven years.
Depression symptoms include things like feeling down or hopeless, losing interest in usual activities, difficulty sleeping or concentrating, as well as thoughts of death or suicide.
Scientists point to different factors that contribute to depression after TBI, such as physical changes to the brain due to trauma, emotional responses to injury or factors that are unrelated to the injury, but that make the person more likely to experience depression, things like inherited genes, personal or family history, or other factors.
The bottom line? If you have depression symptoms, seek professional help from a qualified health care professional. Depression isn’t a sign of weakness and its not your fault. Don’t be afraid to seek the care you need.
Bill Daniels is a trial lawyer and shareholder with the law firm of DANIELS LAW in Sherman Oaks, CA. A graduate of Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, he is a former member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Board of Governors, a founding member of Loyola’s Civil Justice Program and a past president of the Encino Lawyers Association. Since 2007, he has been named a Southern California “Super Lawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine. Mr. Daniels focuses his practice on serious personal injury, insurance and employment. For information, visit our website at www.daniels.legal or contact us through e-mail: Info@danielslaw.com.