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Depression after Spinal Cord Injury

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What do I need to know about depression after a spinal cord injury?

Depression may happen right away or develop weeks or months after the injury. You may feel sad, angry, or guilty as you adjust to the effects of the injury. Some medicines used to treat the injury may also cause depression.

What are the signs and symptoms of depression?

Other people may see changes before you see or feel them. You may have any of the following:

How is depression diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms and your current medicines. Your provider may also ask how often you have felt depressed over the past 2 weeks.

How is depression treated?

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How can I manage depression?

The following resources are available at any time to help you, if needed:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I call my doctor or therapist?

Where can I find support and more information?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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