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Can a TBI Cause Mental Illness?

Attorney Mark Rufo PC

Traumatic brain injuries can happen because of a car accident, a fall or even because a recreational activity went wrong. Often, the repercussions can cause life-changing outcomes that require ongoing support.

A TBI can put you at a higher risk of developing other conditions including anxiety and depression. Knowing how to mitigate these risks may help you to protect your psychological health.

Brain injury effects

The brain controls your body’s reaction to lots of situations. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, your brain impacts your feelings, your thoughts and your actions.

Even a subtle change to its function by way of injury can significantly alter your response to the world around you. Some effects of a TBI may include reduced mobility, memory loss, difficulty concentrating, confusion and personality changes.

Symptom management

Symptoms associated with your TBI may prevent you from working your job. They could also impact your personal relationships and your self-confidence. These seemingly minor changes can have a substantial influence on your ability to live life the way you typically do. As a result, you may find yourself experiencing anxiety about how you will accomplish tasks. You may feel depressed about how different your life looks now than it did before your injury. Without intervention, these symptoms may transform into lifelong mental illnesses that completely change the trajectory of your life.

Your ability to manage your symptoms may help you control their impact on your life. Rehabilitative therapies and the support of your family can make a difference in your ability to cope. You can learn how to effectively respond to triggers and how to find fulfillment in your life despite your injury. With adequate support and accessible resources, you can keep your TBI from taking control of your life.