You were hurt in a Maryland car accident months ago. You took all the right steps: You called the police, exchanged insurance information with the other driver, and saw a doctor. You were hurt badly enough to need surgery, which was successful and all signs point to a full recovery.

You should be feeling happier about the news, so why do you still feel so … down?

Feeling blue after surgery or a serious illness is more common than you might think. Even if your surgery went well, your body underwent massive trauma and is still recovering physically — as well as mentally and emotionally.

You may be looking at weeks of physical therapy and feeling disheartened. Perhaps your recovery will not be complete, and you are facing permanent, albeit minor, changes in your lifestyle.

Whatever the situation, you should know that depression is a serious risk for those coming out of the trauma associated with a serious Maryland car accident. What you’re feeling may only be temporary discouragement, or it might be something more significant.

How can you tell if you’re simply feeling blue or if you’re actually in danger of depression? The symptoms of depression look different for everyone, but common signs include the following:

  • Excessive fatigue
  • Excessive eating or inability to eat
  • Insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Frequent headaches
  • Irritability
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Feeling anxious and helpless
  • Feeling worthless and guilty for no reason
  • Unable to enjoy life, including activities that once brought you pleasure
  • Suicidal thoughts (See a doctor immediately!)

Depression is a serious illness, but it can be treated. If you’re feeling unusually down following a Rockville or Silver Spring car accident, talk to your doctor to see if you need further treatment.

You should also consult with your Silver Spring accident attorney to see if you are eligible for additional compensation for this secondary illness resulting from the accident. For a free consultation, call Nickelsporn & Lundin at 800-875-9700.