Emotional changes aren’t unusual after a traumatic brain injury

Emotional changes aren’t unusual after a traumatic brain injury

If you’re involved in a serious car crash, one risk is that you may develop a concussion. Whether or not you hit your head, it is possible for you to suffer damage to your brain and to have it swell in a way that places pressure on it. The damage caused by swelling and the initial injury has the potential to leave you with serious, and sometimes life threatening, side effects.

Brain injuries can cause all kinds of side effects such as:

  • Blurry vision
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

As well as many others. The kinds of side effects you’ll deal with will vary based on the injury you suffered and the parts of the brain it impacted.

Expect to see emotional changes following a brain injury

You should expect to have some emotional changes following a brain injury. These changes may include developing, or having worsened cases of, depression or anxiety. In one study, it was found that up to a third of all people recovering from a brain injury were dealing with major depression at least during the initial recovery period. After a year, the study looked at the patients again and found that around 42% were dealing with major depression.

A brain injury changes your brain’s pathways

After being damaged, the cellular pathways of the brain change. This is what results in symptoms like difficulty concentrating for forgetfulness. These problems could then go on to cause self-esteem issues or depression over the changes that have occurred.

Mood disorders aren’t the only issue after a brain injury though. Other emotional changes could happen because the injury actually changes the way a person feels or expresses their emotions. They may develop mood swings because of damage to the emotional processing centers of the brain.

If you develop emotional side effects or others from a brain injury, you’re not alone. There are thousands of people who have similar symptoms and are in recovery just like you. Seeking compensation following your car crash will allow you the opportunity to get good medical care and support to learn about these changes, adapt and recover as well as possible.