Studies find that brain injuries can lead to depression, anxiety

| Jul 1, 2018 | brain injuries

Many people are aware of how brain injuries can influence the nervous system and body functioning, but what about mental health? Recent studies have begun to uncover the emotional and psychological effects of brain injuries. This research may be critical to the recovery and treatment of concussion patients in Delaware and across the United States.

According to several recent studies, traumatic brain injury or TBI can change people’s emotions, making them more prone to depression and anxiety. A 2004 study found that up to one third of patients recovering from TBI experience major depression in the immediate recovery period, increasing to 42 percent the following year. Another study found an even higher number at 53 percent.

Why does this happen? Experts say that TBI can damage or alter cellular pathways, creating mental challenges such as decreased concentration, impaired impulse control and forgetfulness. Losing these abilities can have an impact on a person’s self-esteem and future outlook. In addition to these new challenges, a TBI can change how people express and control emotions. This can lead to mood swings and social isolation, as well as frustration at one’s own emotional issues.

Studies have also found that people with depression after a TBI show a different pattern of connections in their brain. All this medical evidence seems to indicate that worry, social isolation, change in mood control and brain connectivity issues can all contribute to psychological issues following brain injuries. A Delaware lawyer can help those who have been victims of a brain injury address these issues and associated costs when seeking a settlement should an accident occur.