Is There a Black Cloud Hanging Over Your Head After Your Construction Accident? You May Be Suffering From Depression
Since your construction accident, it has been a struggle just to get out of bed in the morning. Simple tasks like getting dressed, driving the kids to school, and even eating are mentally and physically exhausting. You used to feel like you had a sense of purpose in your life, but now you just feel alone, sad, and hopeless. You wonder if you will ever feel like your "real" self again, or if this black cloud hanging over your head is your new reality.
Does this sound like your attitude toward life lately? Your construction accident injury may have come with another hurdle for you to overcome: depression.
Construction workers may have one of the hardest times coming to terms with their depression because workers in their industry are typically viewed as "tough guys." They may not believe they are capable of suffering from a mental illness and refuse to acknowledge that they need help. Depression, however, does not discriminate; anyone can be affected by this debilitating disease and currently, one in ten Americans report having depression.
Although depression can affect anyone, there are certain people that are more likely to meet the criteria for major depression. One of those groups? Individuals who are unable to work or are unemployed. The fact that your injury has taken away your ability to work temporarily—or forever—has probably played a huge role in the development of your depression.
Depression is nothing to be ashamed of and it is important that you speak with your doctor about how you are feeling. They will be able to prescribe medication, if appropriate, and direct you to a specialist who can help you work through the mental side of your construction injury.
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