When your child is injured in a Gladstone, MO car accident, taking care of your child's physical needs is your first priority.   Once your child is stable, you will want to take care of your child's psychological needs. 
Children don't understand the world in the same way as adults.  This makes Missouri car crashes especially traumatic for children.  A car crash can greatly impact a child's sense of security and make him feel helpless and powerless. These feelings can lead to depression. Approximately one-quarter of children involved in Missouri car accidents develop symptoms of depression in the months following the crash.
What are the signs of depression in children?

  • Unusual irritability
  • Anger
  • Guilt
  • Feeling misunderstood
  • Loss of interest in hobbies or favorite activities
  • Avoidance of social and extra-curricular activities that were once enjoyed
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Academic difficulties or poor grades
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Loss of interest in things of former interest
  • Changes in appetite
  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Frequent illness
  • Unexplained physical symptoms
  • Any unusual change in behavior

If you notice any symptoms of depression or any unusual or unexplained behaviors in your child after a Missouri car accident, speak to your child's doctor.
Can post-accident depression be prevented? 
In a 2010 study published in The Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, researchers found that children who received counseling after a car accident were less likely to experience the symptoms of depression.  The children involved in the study received counseling 7 to 10 days after the crash and had follow-up appointments two months after and six months after.  The treatment plan was not effective for adolescents who required more frequent visits.
If your child has been injured in a Missouri car accident, request that a psychologist, psychiatrist or social worker speak with your child. If your child already receives counseling, let your child's therapist know that he or she has been injured in an accident. Insurance should cover this therapy

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James Roswold is a Kansas & Missouri personal injury, workers comp, and medical malpractice attorney.