What emotional problems do brain injury victims face?

On Behalf of | Apr 30, 2020 | Injuries |

Mississippi residents who deal with a severe blow to the head may suffer trauma. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are often the result of these impacts. TBIs can change a victim’s life in the short and long term. They can impact every aspect of a victim’s life, from their physical to mental health.

Today we will look at the emotional problems TBI victims face. These problems cause as much trouble as physical and mental problems. Unfortunately, they are not discussed as often.

The emotional impact of brain injuries

So how do TBIs affect victims on an emotional level? This is a question the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) asks. They look at emotional problems that surface in the wake of brain trauma.

A few examples of these emotional changes include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trouble controlling emotions or suffering from mood swings
  • Irritability and angry outbursts

Emotional regulation and TBIs

The emotional problems a victim faces depend on the location and severity of their TBI. For example, mood swings indicate where the damage occurred. It likely took place in the area of the brain that regulates behaviors and emotion. Damage to this area can cause reactions that do not fit a situation. It can also cause reactions that occur out of nowhere. Examples include sudden fits of crying or laughter.

But anxiety is often the result of overstimulation. TBI sufferers feel anxious in situations that need high information-processing or attention. They also often experience anxiety if too many people make demands. This includes asking them to make decision or adding time pressure to the equation.

Navigating life after a TBI is hard for the victim and their loved ones. The emotional ups and downs are hard to predict. But you should have awareness of them, so you know how to face them.

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