You suffered a personal injury not too long ago in Minnesota. While you received medical care and are on the road to recovery, you may find yourself growing anxious, uneasy and/or depressed about where you are in life right now.

WebMD explores how traumatic injuries impact mental health. Learn to recognize the signs of depression and anxiety, so you have a better idea of how you truly feel and how best to heal your body and mind.

Learn the signs

While you may expect to feel out of sorts after a major physical injury, it is vital to recognize when depression and anxiety go to the extreme. For instance, you may feel stuck in a mental loop thinking about your accident and the impact of your injury. Also, you could experience anger at your situation. Your thoughts may easily scatter throughout the day, you could have nightmares and you may even find yourself crying uncontrollably. All are signs of compromised mental health.

Talk with your healthcare provider

Rather than “tough it out,” it is best to let your doctor in on your state of mind. That way, you can get in touch with a mental health specialist, research support groups or look into medication to address your mental outlook.

Get ahead of depression and anxiety

Rather than wait and see whether your injury results in poor mental health, it is best to be proactive. That means engaging in activities that bring you joy, refraining from alcohol and illicit substances, surrounding yourself with family and friends, and sticking to a healthy diet. If possible, engage in physical exercise.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.