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How a TBI impacts mental health

On Behalf of | Mar 27, 2023 | Accidents & Incidents

Head injuries may occur after a car wreck, a hard hit during a pickup basketball game, or a workplace accident. Ideally, you’ll seek treatment from an Illinois medical professional to help minimize the short and long-term physical damage such an injury may cause. However, it may also be a good idea to seek mental health services.

Chronic pain may lead to depression

You may experience frequent headaches, neck pain or other forms of discomfort after a blow to the head. This may make it difficult or impossible to perform simple activities such as driving to the grocery store or sitting in your favorite chair. You may also find it difficult or impossible to sleep through the night, worsening your bad mood.

Head trauma may cause mood swings

A concussion, brain bleed or similar types of ailments may result in actual changes to your personality. Therefore, you may become more combative or more prone to bursts of anger than you might have been in the past. If you were an angry or impulsive person before you got hurt, there is a chance that you’ll become more introspective or less prone to outbursts after a traumatic brain injury (TBI). In some cases, changes in mood may be subtle and occur over long periods of time, which may make it harder to connect them to your TBI.

If you were hurt because of another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for costs related to seeking physical or mental health treatment. You may also receive compensation for lost wages, lost future earnings or other expenses that you incurred because of another person or entity’s irresponsible behavior.