Accidents involving trucks tend to be more catastrophic than accidents involving passenger vehicles. The heavy weight and longer stopping distance make it particularly easy for a truck to total another vehicle. When you face disabling injuries following an accident, you may have to make adjustments that completely change the course of your life.
In addition to physical limitations, disabilities can also result in a decline in a person’s mental health.
How likely are people with disabilities to suffer from mental illness?
Adults with disabilities have a higher chance of mental distress than those without. About 17 million people with disabilities claim 14 or more mentally unhealthy days within one month. Mental distress can make it difficult for you to care for yourself or function daily. While you try to adjust to how your life looks with a disability, depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses can compound the problem.
How can you improve your mental health while recovering from a catastrophic injury?
To cope with mental distress, remind yourself that it is okay if you do not feel okay. Do not bottle up how you feel; instead, seek out friends and family. Give yourself time throughout the day to relax or to care for yourself. Some people with disabilities try meditation and mindfulness. Understanding that there are professionals you can reach out to can help you recover.
To help you on the road to recovery, consider talking with others who may be in a similar position as you. For example, connecting with community members can make you feel less alone.