The Link Between Brain Injuries and Depression By Steve Charpentier on September 16, 2015

A headache after a brain injuryThe legal team at the Charpentier Law Firm has helped countless clients in and around the Melbourne area, addressing a number of issues related to serious accidents and injuries. Their legal experience is especially helpful when it comes to traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases that leave accident victims changed forever.

Following a brain injury, victims can suffer from major problems with motor skills, mood, and cognition. Let's focus on one serious problem that many people experience after a brain injury: depression.

Brain Injuries Affect Victims Mentally and Physically

When a person has suffered a severe brain injury, it can have serious physical and psychological effects. Trauma to the head and changes to the brain need to be taken seriously since these kinds of injuries can have repercussions that last for years.

What Medical Research Says About Brain Injuries and Depression

Depression and other kinds of mood disorders are common for people who have experienced brain injuries given the physical changes to the brain itself. It's estimated that of the people who experience a brain injury, half will experience depression within the first year. By the end of seven years, two-thirds of brain injury victims will have experienced depression. (By comparison, roughly 1 in 10 people who have not suffered a brain injury suffer from depression.)

Long-Term Mental Health Issues Are Serious

While occasional feelings of sadness are normal after major life changes, depression is a serious problem that can affect your ability to lead a fulfilling life. Long-term depression can lead to a number of personal and professional setbacks, creating a much worse outlook on life and leading to thoughts of suicide.

Signs of Depression

Some signs of depression to look for following a brain injury include the following:

  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Disinterest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Feelings of guilt and failure
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Changes in sleeping habits
  • Problems concentrating
  • Fatigue and exhaustion
  • Isolating yourself from others
  • Suicidal thoughts

These signs of depression may last for a few days to a few weeks, so keep that in mind. Be sure to remain communicative with loved ones as you recover from your brain injury.

Seek Treatment for Any Mental Health Issues After an Injury

If you notice any of the above, be sure to seek medical help as soon as possible. Loved ones should similarly help a depressed family member, spouse, or friend get the help that he or she needs. Therapy, medication, or a combination of both can go a long way toward restoring a healthier outlook on life.

How a Brain Injury Attorney Can Help with Legal Matters

There are many struggles faced by people who suffer a serious brain injury, and if the trauma was the result of another person or party's negligence, the legal matters involved in seeking damages can be very complicated. By working with a skilled brain injury attorney, you will be able to receive expert guidance through the legal system, giving you the ability to recuperate and get the help you need. Lawyers can give you the peace of mind necessary in this aspect of your life so you can focus on mental health and moving forward.

Learn More About Your Legal Options

If you or someone that you care about has suffered a serious brain injury, it's important that you contact our personal injury law firm today. The legal team at the Charpentier Law Firm will work with you to ensure that you get the legal guidance you need.

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