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How TBI affects the mental health of vehicular accident victims

On Behalf of | Aug 25, 2023 | Brain Injuries |

Car and truck accidents can be devastating for victims, especially in the case of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). These injuries can have far-reaching effects on a person’s mental health, making everyday tasks difficult and leaving them vulnerable to mental health issues. Although the impact of TBI can vary between individuals, knowing the most common symptoms may guide them to seek help early on and can greatly improve their chances of recovery.

Otherwise, they may experience continued emotional, cognitive and behavioral problems.

Impairment caused by accidents

Sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TBI) from external force can alter a person’s brain structure or function. So, if they have been in a vehicular accident, they may also experience emotional and psychological symptoms due to the physical impact. Aside from developing PTSD, which is more commonly associated with TBI than with other injuries, they may also experience disorders such as:

  • Difficulty with memory and concentration
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Mood swings
  • Changes in social behavior
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability

The severity of the accident and changes in the brain can cause mental and emotional disorders in victims. These symptoms may result from the injury or the person’s reaction to how it affects their life.

Breaking down obstacles to recovery

Mental and emotional conditions can significantly impact a victim’s ability to live a normal life. But it is never too late for them to recover damages. Although mental health impacts are often “invisible,” they are very real for victims. Recognizing the effects of physical trauma on their mental state is crucial. If someone experiences symptoms of TBI, it is important for them to seek the support they need to start on the road to recovery.


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