Head Injury Symptoms

a Guide to Recovering from Mild Head Injury, Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

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Low Mood

 

It is not uncommon to feel down after suffering from a mild head injury.

 

You might have thoughts like these:

NHS Depression moodjuice depression

What Can I Do to Help Myself Get Better?

 

If you are feeling low or depressed, there are things you can do to help yourself get better:

 

  • recognise and change gloomy and unhelpful thoughts about yourself, the world and the future

  • get back active, by making a list and plan exercise and activities

  • try to notice and pay more attention to your qualities and achievements

 

This might be easier said than done. Luckily, there are some very helpful self help guides to help you:

These thoughts can lead you to feel sad, frustrated, hopeless and lonely.

 

Feeling like this will probably make you stay in the house, stay in bed, keep to yourself and stop doing the things you use to enjoy.

 

As you can imagine, this can become a vicious circle, leading to more negative thoughts and feelings.

 

Am I Depressed?

 

If you've been feeling low for more than two weeks, take this short test to find out if you're depressed:

.. Do not hesitate to ask your GP for help if you are feeling depressed ..

.. Negative thoughts can get you into a vicious circle of unhelpful thoughts, feelings and behaviours ..

Moodjuice Depression Self Help Guide 

Moodjuice is a website developed by Choose Life Falkirk and the Adult Clinical Psychology Service, NHS Forth Valley. Their depression self help guide explains about depression and provides lots of tips and exercises to cope with it.

 

 

Depression and Low Mood Self Help Guide 

On the website of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, a wide range of self help

leaflets is offered. This one contains information on depression and covers some basic tips to challenge negative thoughts and increase activity.  

If these tips are not helpful (enough) or you can not bring yourself round to doing the exercises, do not hesitate to ask your GP for help. He or she can suggest treatment options, like taking medication or talking to someone.

 

Further Reading

 

Mind - Mind is an organisation providing advice and support to empower people with mental health problems. Their website is full of useful information and stories. It also contains a nice page on what friends and family can do to help.

 

NHS - The NHS website has a page on depression with information and useful links.

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'This injury has made my life miserable.'

 

'Why did this have to happen to me?'

 

'Am I ever going to get better?'

 

'I can not get myself to do anything.'

 

'I feel worthless.'