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Can a brain injury change your personality?

On Behalf of | Jul 15, 2023 | Blog, Personal Injury

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can lead to a wide range of effects. In addition to its impact on a person’s physical well-being, a serious head injury can also impact personality, which can lead to unwanted behaviors and situations.

While the level of damage depends on the scope and extent of a person’s head injury, it is important to understand all the possible effects if you or a loved one experiences TBI. Here are some of the effects major brain injuries cause and what you can do about them.

Emotional and behavioral changes that accompany TBI

While most people have concerns about the physical effects of TBI, the condition can also lead to significant changes in emotional and behavioral responses. For example, a person may experience anxiety and depression disorders. They can also fall victim to feelings of irritability or anger, or even feel incapable of empathizing with others.

As for the behavioral impact of head injuries, some people become more impulsive than they were before their injury. They may also experience problems navigating social situations, which can make it difficult to maintain healthy relationships with friends and family.

What injury victims can do about these effects

The good news is that there are numerous treatments you can pursue if you experience more serious effects of TBI. Injury victims can a neuropsychologist who will provide therapy to treat emotional and behavioral issues caused by injuries to the brain. A neuropsychologist can also introduce helpful coping mechanisms to help the person navigate their life after a serious injury.

Some mental and emotional issues related to TBI only occur for a short period, while others are long-lasting. With the right treatment, many injury victims go on to lead full and happy lives.


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