Depression

Reactive depression can often be an extremely incapacitating psychiatric complaint that may lead to a difficult time for a person’s career, family and health.

Many of those diagnosed with depression have it because of another party’s negligence following an accident, usually related to the fact that the negligent act in question caused a person to experience a traumatic or difficult event, subsequent to which they may develop depression.

If the depression is not an instant result of the fault of another, it may still be attributed to that fault if the eventual development of the depression can be traced directly back to the negligence and the effects of it.

The Symptoms Of Depression

This psychiatric injury impinges on every part of a person’s life, from relationships to health, significantly affecting a person’s efficiency.

Depression typically involves a person experiencing low mood, withdrawal from society, a lack of satisfaction in activities that were previously gratifying, feelings of guilt and regret, as well as worthlessness and self-hatred.

It is common for a person with depression to have poor memory, struggle concentrating and struggle sleeping or struggle not to oversleep. Many people who have depression suffer symptoms of psychosis, such as hallucinations and delusions, with many of them also having thoughts of suicide and death.

Numerous physical issues are reported by those with depression, such as appetite changes, agitation and lethargy, as well as headaches and fatigue.

The Causes Of Depression

Aside from the biological causes of depression that cannot normally be linked to a negligent cause, depression can have social and psychological causes.

Social

The cause of depression frequently links to the harmful impact that the incidence of traumatic or difficult events can have on a person’s relationships and social activities, which may lead to depression.

For example, if a person sustains serious physical injury in an accident at work through no fault of their own, they may not be able to preserve their relationships with family and friends to the same extent that they did in the past due to the effect of their injuries. This means that the vital support network provided by family and friends may be absent; they may not be able to enjoy the same activities as they did in the past; and they may feel incapable of a return to employment due to low self-esteem relating to their inability to perform in the role they once held.

Psychological

There is a connection between depression and the occurrence of traumatic or difficult events that can have an effect on a person’s mental state, such as losing a family member or suffering serious injury and being financially insecure, all as a result of the negligence of another party.

A person may be able to battle the difficulties of such trials by changing the way they think, but often these events have such a devastating impact that depression is inevitable, especially if a person’s character traits make them susceptible to it.

Treatment For Depression

Medication

SSRI’s are often used to improve a person’s mood in the hope that this will mean they are less likely to feel the low mood, guilt and worthlessness associated with depression.

This is not effective for all people with depression but it is a simple and efficient way of treating them in the first instance that often produces positive results.

Psychotherapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a useful treatment for depression. CBT generally targets those with or at risk of depression. It aims to discover how an individual’s thought processes affect their actions and the way their actions affect their thought processes. By targeting thought processes and actions that reinforce them, negativity in their thinking can be reduced while positive thoughts are encouraged. This can help to improve a person’s mood and eliminate negative thoughts in order to control or even move past depression.

Many other types of psychotherapy may be useful as a treatment for depression, including interpersonal therapy and social skills training that help with dealing with the disorder in social situations.

Lifestyle Changes

Changes in lifestyle, such as performing aerobic exercise several times a week, sticking to a planned and regular sleeping pattern and reducing the amount of caffeine consumed, have been shown to be helpful routine changes that minimise the effects of depression.

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