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Depression and Auto Injuries in Portland OR

Depression after Auto Injury in Portland, ORHave you been feeling depressed after you suffered from an auto injury? Did you know that depression can be considered an effect of auto injury if it happens after an auto accident?

Often, people believe that depression is something you can control. After all, it’s your mind, and you ultimately have control over the thoughts that you are thinking. However, depression is a condition that can be related to an auto injury such as whiplash, so it’s important to tell your Portland chiropractor, Dr. Helton if you are feeling depressed.

Depression occurs with a whole list of other symptoms; it’s not only a "blah" feeling that suddenly hits you multiple times during the day. Look at this list of symptoms of depression because it’s possible that you may not have recognized you have this serious condition as a result of your auto injury:

  • Insomnia or changes in sleep patterns
  • Don’t want to do fun things you did in the past
  • Fatigued or no energy
  • Irritability
  • Trouble making decisions and concentrating
  • Changes in your appetite
  • Feeling hopeless
  •  Feeling helpless
  • Turning to alcohol, cigarettes or drugs
  • Feel that life is not worth living
  • Feel worthless and/or guilty

Did you find that you had several of the associated symptoms of depression? Did these occur after your auto injury?

You should know that 52% of people who developed whiplash as an auto injury in a study in Canada were found to also develop depression. And if they had anxiety, they were three times as likely to become depressed as those without anxiety.

Talk to your Portland chiropractor about your depression. Sometimes depression is a sign that your C1/C2 cervical vertebrae is out of alignment, and this commonly occurs in an auto accident. Although chiropractic is not a "cure" for depression, Dr. Helton can help you in at least two ways. First by helping you recognize whether you could be suffering from depression so you can be connected with adequate mental health treatment. And second, by eliminating at least one major source of your anguish, pain, through effective, non-invasive means. Don't live in the shadow of your car accident forever. Schedule an appointment in our office in Portland, OR today! 



Phillips, L.A., Carroll, L.J., Cassidy, J.D., and Cote, P. Whiplash-associated disorders: who gets depressed? Who stays depressed?  European Spine Journal 2010;  19(6):945-956.