Counseling for Depression/Driving Anxiety in Aurora and Thorton, CO
Regardless of how serious they are, automobile accidents can cause long-term psychological problems for drivers or passengers involved in an accident. At Synergy Health Partners in Aurora and Thorton, we have Doctors on staff that can provide with help after an auto accident. While some people may laugh off a minor fender-bender, others find the event extremely terrifying and unshakeable. They may experience free-floating fear, phobias and anxiety for weeks or months following the accident, avoid riding in cars and even feel agitated just watching cars drive up and down the road. Unless addressed therapeutically, chronic anxiety and fear will evolve into depression as the person begins to think they will never feel normal again.
According to a study involving nonfatal accident victims, about one-third of victims suffer phobias, depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder up to a year or more after the accident. Author of the study, Professor Richard Mayou, states that psychological complications can exist even if the vehicle accident does not cause injury. "It was previously assumed that severely injured auto accident victims were more likely to be diagnosed with psychiatric issues" Mayou explains. "But now we've discovered that simply isn't the case".
While it is normal to feel upset and anxious after an auto accident, depression and driving anxiety that does not go away needs to be addressed by caring and compassionate depression counselors. If you or someone you know has been in a car accident and is having difficulty coping emotionally with the accident, professional counseling for depression in Aurora is available immediately at Synergy Health Partners.
When Counseling is Necessary
Depressive disorder NOS (not otherwise specified) is depression that interferes with a person's quality of life but does not fit any other depression types. This kind of depression is often seen in people who have not had previous bouts of depression but recently suffered a traumatic event triggering anxiety and depression. Signs of a depressive disorder NOS include:
- Diminished interest in favorite activities
- Feelings of emptiness
- Decrease or increase in appetite
- Insomnia or hypersomnia
- Feeling guilty for no reason
- Inability to concentrate
Depression screening tests may be used to help determine if someone has depression NOS after an auto accident. Examples of questions asked on screening tests include:
- In the past two weeks, how many times have you felt like things were hopeless or meaningless?
- Do you find yourself sleeping more or less than usual in the past two weeks?
- Have you missed work or school due to feeling extremely depressed?
- Have you spent whole days in bed doing nothing but watching television or sleeping?
- Have you stopped participating in activities that were once enjoyable? If so, for how long?
- Do you find yourself crying for no reason at any time of the day?
Counseling in Thorton for Depression After an Auto Accident
At Synergy Health Partners, automobile accident victims suffering depression receive experienced counseling from one of our counselors. Qualified to treat auto accident victims with depression and anxiety, our counselors carefully assess each client's mental health condition and develop a personalized treatment plan specifically addressing a client's unique needs.
If you are a new patient, you are eligible to receive a free new patient consultation to determine whether Synergy Health Partners is right for you. Call us today to learn more about counseling in Aurora for depression and driving anxiety at 720-410-5237.