There are many long-term side effects that people suffer when they have a traumatic brain injury. People know that headaches, memory loss, physical or cognitive function delays occur, but depression is also high on the list for consequences of a traumatic brain injury. TryMunity always wants to support our members by providing resources and information about what happens after a traumatic brain injury.
How Does a TBI Cause Depression?
Lots of research has been done regarding traumatic brain injury and depression. Studies have shown that someone who has suffered a traumatic brain injury is much more likely to develop subsequent depression. In fact, the risk of developing clinical depression maybe two to five times higher than the general population. Because A TBI can alter the way that a brain processes information, it can also impact mental health.
What Are the Symptoms of Depression?
If you or a family member has suffered a TBI, you will need to keep a look out for signs of depression. Common symptoms include feelings of sadness, frequent crying episodes, anger, irritability, frustration, loss of interest in activities that previously the individual enjoyed, trouble sleeping, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, thoughts of death or suicide. If you or a loved one has exhibited these signs of depression, it is important that you speak with a medical professional. Treatment can be very effective and does not have to include medication. Behavioral therapy along with your TBI treatment plan can be a great strategy for recovery. Connecting with other people who are going through a similar situation may also lessen depression. Join an online support group like TryMunity to assist with your recovery.
For more information regarding depression and TBI, join the TryMunity community today. We are here to assist you through the recovery process.