Depression and traumatic brain injuries

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Common questions about depression and traumatic brain injuries

After incurring a traumatic brain injury, it is highly likely that victims will start to exhibit the signs of depression.

Some brain injury victims in Arkansas may only suffer from a brief period of altered consciousness, while others may deal with the effects of the injury for the rest of their life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this form of catastrophic injury can cause a wide range of different consequences that may impact a brain injury victim's emotions, sensations, language and ability to think.

While no two brain injuries are exactly the same, there are some consequences, like depression, that victims are more likely to suffer from than others. According to CNN, in the year following the incurrence of a brain injury, more than half of all victims will become depressed.
What increases a TBI victim's risk of depression?
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, a person's risk of suffering from depression becomes elevated regardless of how severe the injury is. Researchers are unable to determine whether this type of injury, the person's age, gender or the area of the brain that was damaged makes depression more likely.
How soon does depression develop after an injury?
Researchers are also uncertain when a person who suffers from serious brain trauma is most likely to develop this type of mental illness, states the DHHS. While some brain injury victims may start experience symptoms almost immediately following the accident, some may not begin to deal with the effects of depression for weeks or even months after the accident occurs.
How can TBI victims tell if they are depressed?
There are many ways that brain injury victims can tell if they are suffering from the effects of depression. These include the following:
  • Feelings of despair or sadness persist throughout most of their day
  • Changes in their sleeping habits occur, such as an inability to sleep through the night or sleeping more than usual
  • They may start to eat more or less than they usually did before the injury
  • A loss of interest in hobbies and activities, such as spending time with friends or family members, occurs
  • Their use of drugs, alcohol or tobacco increases
Although brain injury victims may not notice that they are exhibiting some or all of these symptoms, close friends or family members may be able to. Those who are suffering from a TBI may want to consider asking their loved ones if they have noticed any of these signs, symptoms or changes in their behavior.

After incurring a brain injury, it may be difficult for brain injury victims and the medical professionals attending to them to determine how long they will need to acquire treatment for depression and the other effects of the injury. If you incurred a TBI due to the negligence of another person, consult with an attorney who can protect your rights to fair and proper compensation.

Keywords: TBI, brain, injury, accident
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