If you develop a disability due to an injury or a chronic illness, you can quickly go from being a productive individual to someone who struggles just to make ends meet from day to day.
Aside from the physical toll on your body, the mental toll can be just as bad, if not worse. Feelings of inadequacy, hopelessness or sadness can quickly give way to full blown depression. Aside from your particular disability, depression can also lead to fatigue, loss of appetite, digestive problems, irritability and indiscriminate aches and pains.
Depression can often worsen when sleep problems arise. Many people battle excessive sleep or a lack of sleep which can intensify depression, and in some cases, leading to thoughts of suicide.
Although many factors increase the risk of depression, living with a disability or a chronic illness is considered one of the primary indicators that depression may occur. And certain kinds of disabilities or illnesses also raise the risk profile as well. People with traumatic brain injuries and Parkinson’s disease are among two of the more well known causes.
Any disability may produce symptoms that are an indicator of depression. If you have a disability and suffer from the following, you should consider getting treatment: