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A Traumatic Vancouver Motorcycle Accident Has Left You Depressed. Now What?

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Personal Injury Lawyer at McComb Witten Marcoux

Your Vancouver motorcycle accident traumatized you, both physically and emotionally.

You have been plagued by both the physical aftermath of the crash and by substantial mood changes. What can you do about the emotional trauma?

Did you suffer a head injury?

Your Vancouver motorcycle accident may have caused a head injury, even if you were wearing a helmet, and did not hit your head directly. Sudden jolts anywhere on the body can cause trauma to distant structures, such as the brain. If you have been depressed—or if you have experienced substantial mood or personality changes since the crash—your symptoms could indicate head trauma. See your doctor at once to rule out any major problems.

Are you suffering from posttraumatic stress?

Sudden, violent, scary events can trigger acute stress reactions. This can lead to the release of large amounts of hormones, like cortisol and adrenaline, which in turn can actually etch new pathways in the brain. In other words, the mood changes that you are feeling may be directly related to your biochemistry.

Some depression is normal after a Vancouver motorcycle crash.

Not all mood changes are related to head injuries or neurological changes. After all, your life has been thoroughly disrupted. Even getting knocked out of a comfortable daily routine can be enough to make many people feel depressed.

Possible remedies to post motorcycle crash depression.

First, if you are concerned about your depression or overall emotional state, see your doctor as soon as possible. Be sure to document test results and key conversations.

Second, appreciate that time is often a great healer. The more temporal distance you put between yourself and the crash, the better. Time does not heal all wounds, but it can reduce the sting of trauma.

Lastly, part of your depression may stem from a loss of control of your situation. To regain perspective and empowerment, get in touch with a Vancouver motorcycle accident lawyer at McComb Witten at 604-255-9018. You may also want to request a copy of our free report entitled, The Inside Secrets ICBC Doesn't Want You to Know.