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The potential long-term effects of a traumatic brain injury

On Behalf of | Jul 3, 2023 | Personal Injury |

If you are in an accident and hit your head, your life can be changed in an instant. This can happen at any time and in any number of ways such as a car accident, tripping and falling or even while you’re at work. 

While on most occasions the symptoms you feel may subside within a few days or so, a serious bump to the head can cause lasting and irreparable damage. This is what’s known as a traumatic brain injury and is so named because trauma causes the brain to not be able to function in the same way it did before. 

Anxiety and depression 

This is contributed to in two different ways. Changes to the brain can cause the onset of feelings of anxiety or depression. It can also cause changes to your relationships with those around you as your personality can alter as a result of the trauma. 

Anxiety and depression is also a symptom of the life changes that come with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). You may not be able to do the things you used to, or you may struggle to get enjoyment from the things you used to love. This can be difficult to adjust to. 

Post-traumatic stress disorder 

Going through a life-changing event such as a serious car accident or even an assault can cause people to have flashbacks and horrific, debilitating fear of living everyday life. This is a form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

A TBI can also cause PTSD or something called post-concussion syndrome. As a TBI can cause changes to the way you think and act, it can make life incredibly difficult. Panic attacks, overwhelm and dizziness are all common symptoms – largely due to an inability to perceive what is a genuine danger and what isn’t. 

A TBI caused by a car accident can be devastating and leave you with a lot of anger towards the negligence of the other driver. Seeking a damages payment can help give you the justice you want and the time you need to recover.