Physical Injury and Depression often a vicious cycle.

Rancho Cordova Senseless Shooting

I have represented a great many people over the years injured in auto accidents and motorcycle accidents.  A very common, and unfortunate outcome of a physical injury is depression and anxiety.  It can be a vicious cycle.  Hurt people become depressed, and the depression amplifies the physical pain.

A sad and all too common outcome of injury from a motorcycle or auto accident is depression and anxiety.

Many medical studies have found a strong relationship between psychological symptoms and physical pain.

Studies including neck and back injury patients from car accidents and motorcycle accidents report frequent and major psychological  problems.  Even a great many whiplash victims report that the injury has a significant impact on social enjoyment.

Travel anxiety after a motor vehicle accident is largely unrecognized in clinical practice and has been seen clinically as an occasional neurotic problem.  After enduring a motor vehicle accident, many people associate car or motorcycle travel with with considerable distress.

Studies have also researched and correlated accident-related pain and high Post­ Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms.  Studies show that patients with Accident/High PTSD had more self-reported pain and higher levels of affective disturbance.   Findings suggest that PTSD symptoms in chronic pain patients are associated with increased pain and affective distress. Accident related pain, even without the presence of PTSD symptoms, appears to be associated with greater disability.

The screening for and treat­ment of PTSD may be helpful in relieving pain and getting the patient back to a functional level of health.  A major and practical implication concerns the potential of interventions designed to reduce PTSD symptoms to impact affective disturbance, pain and disability among pain patients undergoing rehabilitation. Behavioral treatment approaches such as cognitive-behavior therapy, systematic desensitization and relaxation training are often employed in the treatment of chronic pain and have also been efficacious in reducing symptoms of PTSD.

I’m Ed Smith, an Elk Grove Personal Injury Lawyer with the most informative accident website available – www.autoaccident.com.

If you or someone you love has been injured due to the negligence of another, please call me at 916-694-0002 for free, friendly advice. If you are outside the Elk Grove/Sacramento area, you can call us at (800) 404-5400.

Before you call, please take the time to check out what my clients have to say about working with our law firm.  Click on our reviews here: Yelp and Avvo and Google Plus.

Follow Law Offices of Edward A. Smith on Facebook!

We are members of  Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  Million Dollar Advocates are a group of trial lawyers who have won multiple million dollar settlements and verdicts for their clients.

For a listing of our past verdicts and settlements, click here.

Updated:

Client Reviews

  • Me and my wife; had a car accident. We were amazed how easy, professional, friendly attorney Ed Smith is along with his staff. Everybody is amazing. Thank you so much, we are very impressed!
    Sincerely,
    ★★★★★
  • Ed Smith and his office team took on a difficult personal injury case on my behalf and for the passenger in my car. Ed is a top- notch attorney. His staff couldn't have been more helpful and kind. No need to look elsewhere. I give Ed Smith my highest recommendation.
    ★★★★★
  • Ed and Robert have been taking great care of my husband and I for the past 5+ years. They are always there when you have a problem and a quick resolution! Even when the issues have nothing to do with them. They are willing to help ease the pain off your shoulders. They are as good as it gets! Thank you again for everything.
    ★★★★★
  • Very professional. Great team, staff and service all around. Mr Smith was very honest, straight forward with his advice. He gives the word "attorney" an honest reputation. I will seek his council anytime, and would recommend him at the drop of a dime.
    ★★★★★
  • I would highly recommend Ed Smith to any friends or family in need of a personal injury attorney. Ed, and his staff, are very caring on top of being very experienced in this field. The staff always keeps you informed of the status of your case and they are always easy to reach by phone.
    ★★★★★
  • Edward Smith law offices provide competent, thorough, and personable help for victims of personal injury. When you first meet the staff you know you contacted the right office. This law office treats clients like people. I recommend this office to anyone seeking representation regarding personal injury.
    ★★★★★