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Mind and Body: How being injured affects mental health

Do you know that mental health problems are on the rise throughout the United States? According to the study published this year in the Journal Psychiatric Services, more Americans are suffering from serious psychological distress more than ever before.  In fact, researchers believe that over 8.3 million Americans which is about 3.4% of the U.S […]

Do you know that mental health problems are on the rise throughout the United States? According to the study published this year in the Journal Psychiatric Services, more Americans are suffering from serious psychological distress more than ever before.  In fact, researchers believe that over 8.3 million Americans which is about 3.4% of the U.S population are afflicted with mental problems.

You could be suffering from mental problems without even knowing it. Serious psychological distress, otherwise known as “SPD” combines feelings of sadness, worthlessness, and restlessness to wreak havoc in people’s lives. If you suspect that you might be suffering from a mental breakdown, it is important that you met with a mental health doctor as soon as possible.

Recently, a number of studies are trying to understand why mental problems are on the rise. One factor discovered that contributes to mental health is sports injuries. Most sports injuries are manageable and can be treated with causing disruption to work and daily living. However, there still exist certain sports injuries that can lead to the physical and mental burden. 

In fact, researchers have uncovered evidence that psychological responses to certain sports-related injuries can lead to mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, eating disorder, and even abuse of a substance. 

Whenever a student or anyone for that matter, get injured, there are usually emotional responses. These responses can be in the form of:

  • Anger
  • Sadness
  • Irritation
  • Lack of motivation
  • Disengagement
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Frustration
  • Changes in appetite
  • Isolation

Apart from injury, student-athletes are pushed to their limit causing depression when students failed to excel. Depressions lead to self-doubt and so many problems. There are even extreme instances where students took their own life to escape depression. Unfortunately, this is not limited to sports only but to work as well. Today, a lot of employers such as Uber and Lyft are not taking the mental health of people working for them seriously. 

Seeking Treatment

It is recommended that you seek treatment immediately if you feel that your mental health is breaking down. Today, there are some online help websites where you can talk to psychologists about the problem that you are going through. Some experienced psychologists and experts can help you by giving you advice and recommendation.

Can You Take Legal Action?

It is possible to take legal action depending on your situation. No matter what type of injury that causes a mental problem for you, there is a chance for you to seek compensation. The best way to find out is to take to a legal practitioner.  Legal action may include claims for both the out of pocket costs of treatment as well as compensation for the physical pain and emotional distress caused by any personal injury that resulted from a negligent or wrongful act such as a motor vehicle accident caused by a reckless driver.  It is important to find an experienced and reliable legal practitioner that you can talk to find your options. 

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