When experiencing a difficult event such as a concussion, it is normal to feel some sadness or low mood. Some symptoms of depression are also symptoms of concussion on their own, such as sleep problems or irritability. Generally, these feelings will give way and you will be able to begin enjoying life again, even if you have moments of sadness or despair. If these feelings do not go away with time or become stronger, it may become a case of depression. Those who have had previous head injuries, traumas, or past experiences with depression are at greater likelihood to develop depression. It is important to discuss your mood with your doctor so that they can help you through this time.
Some examples of depression:
- Experiencing long periods of sadness
- Difficulty enjoying activities you used to enjoy
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or hopelessness
- Changes to sleep habits (increase or decrease), feeling tired
- Changes to appetite (increase or decrease)
- Isolation and withdrawing from others
- Thoughts of causing harm to yourself or others
- Remind yourself that your concussion symptoms are temporary and that the limitations you have to live with now won’t last forever
- Try to stay connected to people you care about
- Talk to other concussion survivors about how you are feeling
- Be creative! Get out and be active as much as symptoms allow. If you can’t do things as you did them before your concussion, come up with a different way of doing them or staying involved.
- Discuss your mood with your doctor, who may be able to suggest treatment options
- Talk to a counselor or social worker
- Use positive self-talk to encourage yourself or focus on the positive. Examples include finding 5 good things each day, or listing the ways that you have recovered since your injury.
Links for More Tips – click on titles to go to these sites:
Fighting Post-Concussive Syndrome
Managing Crises and Stress Effectively
What Causes Anxiety and Depression after TBI?
If you are having urgent difficulties, or feelings of hurting yourself or others, call:
Frontenac Community Mental Health Crisis Line 613-544-4229
Quinte Healthcare Crisis Line: 310-OPEN or 1-888-757-7766 or
Distress Centre Lanark, Leeds and Grenville 613-345-1290 or 1-866-544-5614
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