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Mental Health

Dealing with post-trauma depression

Research has shown that people who survive a life-threatening trauma are at increased risk of suffering depression, a sense of hopelessness that can disrupt a person’s ability to function. People who have suffered from a critical illness or chronic disability, such as heart attack, stroke or a mental health problem, are also at high risk for depression.

There are many reasons why this is the case. Depression may be a response to a sense of loss and frustration caused by diminished abilities due to illness. The illness itself may affect the physical or metabolic functioning of the brain.

Depression is an illness

It is important to remember that depression is also a very real illness. It is not a sign of weakness, or something you can will away or simply “snap out of.” Depression can change the way you think and behave, and the way your body functions. It can also interfere with your ability to follow important care instructions pertaining to illness, such as those concerning meals and medications.

Tracking the symptoms of depression

Use this checklist to see if you have the symptoms of depression.

Print two copies, and keep track of how you feel and behave for two weeks. Each day, rate your experience of each symptom on a scale of 0-5:

0 = not at all; 1 = mild; 2 = slight; 3 = medium; 4 = strong; 5 = intense.

When it’s completed, use this checklist as a starting point for discussion.

Symptom

Mon

Tues

Wed

Thurs

Fri

Sat

Sun

Feeling worthless, helpless or hopeless

             

Sleeping more or less than usual

             

Eating more or less than usual

             

Having difficulty concentrating or making decisions

             

Being uninterested in taking part in activities

             

Avoiding other people

             

Decreased sex drive

             

Feeling overwhelming sadness or grief

             

Feeling unreasonably guilty

             

Feeling tired, lethargic or unenergetic

             

Thinking about death or suicide

             
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