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Major depression: A common auto accident injury

Michigan personal injury attorney answers FAQs on depression from car accidents, symptoms and treatment

Trauma, injuries and disability that often comes with an auto accident can leave many victims with major depression. Many people don’t realize this, but car accident victims may be entitled to compensation for auto-accident related depression caused by the negligence of another.

For help from a personal injury attorney now, call Michigan Auto Law at (800) 777-0028. The call and the advice are free.

What is major depression?

Depression is a medical illness that involves the mind and body and affects the way you feel, think and behave. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Can an auto accident cause major depression?

Yes. High-stress events, which would include being seriously injured and/or disabled in a car accident, can trigger depression in some people.

Our personal injury attorneys have helped many auto accident victims who have been diagnosed with and are treating for major depression as a result of having been injured and disabled from a car accident.

Can pain cause depression?

Our experience with seriously injured accident victims is consistent with the Mayo Clinic’s findings that pain and chronic pain can cause depression: Pain and the problems it causes can wear you down over time, and may begin to affect your mood. Chronic pain causes a number of problems that can lead to depression, such as trouble sleeping and stress. Disabling pain can cause low self-esteem due to work, legal or financial issues.

Is major depression known by any other name?

“Major depression” is also referred to as “major depressive disorder” and “clinical depression.”

Are there different subtypes of major depression?

Yes. There are three main subtypes of major depression. They are:

  • Major depression with psychotic features
  • Major depression with melancholic features
  • Major depression with atypical features.

Here’s more information about types of major depression.

What are the symptoms of major depression?

Although depression symptoms can vary from person to person, the Mayo Clinic identifies the following as some of the most common symptoms (and also as the main criteria for diagnosing major depression):

  • Feelings of sadness, unhappiness, and emptiness most of the day, nearly every day.
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, normal activities most of the day, nearly every day.
  • Significant changes in appetite nearly every day.
  • Insomnia or excessive sleeping nearly every day.
  • Agitation or restlessness.
  • Fatigue, tiredness or loss of energy nearly every day.
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt nearly every day.
  • Trouble thinking, speaking, and concentrating nearly every day.
  • Frequent thoughts of death, dying or suicide.
  • Irritability or frustration, even over small matters.
  • Reduced sex drive.
  • Crying spells for no apparent reason.

At what point do the symptoms add up to a diagnosis of major depression for a car accident victim?

The Mayo Clinic explains that symptoms must be severe enough to cause noticeable problems in day-to-day activities, such as work, school, social activities or relationships with others.

How do doctors test for and diagnose major depression?

A physical exam and a psychological evaluation can assist doctors in determining whether an auto accident victim has suffered major depression as a result of a crash. Here’s more information about psychiatric injury and emotional injuries.

What are the treatment options available for a Michigan auto accident victim suffering from accident-related major depression?

Below are some of the major depression treatment options identified by the Mayo Clinic:

  • Antidepressant medications
  • Psychotherapy
  • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
  • Hospitalization and residential treatment programs
  • Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS)
  • Deep brain stimulation (DBS)
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

Here’s more information about treatment for major depression

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