Behavioral & Mental Health Disorders After Sustaining a Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) often have severe and long-term physical consequences. A traumatic brain injury often involves a strong concussive force or an object penetrating the skull, resulting in loss of consciousness, brain hemorrhage, coma, cognitive impairment, and other negative effects. The brain is a complex organ that is still not well understood by medical professionals. However, there have been several studies that point to a correlation between behavioral/mental health changes and TBIs.

Types of Behavioral & Mental Health Problems That May Result from a TBI

There are a variety of behavioral and mental health issues that may affect TBI patients. While not all patients exhibit such personality changes, others are severely affected by their brain injury. Each patient’s situation is different, and an experienced physician can recognize signs of behavioral and mental health disorders and provide safe and effective treatment methods to the patient.

Types of behavioral and mental health problems that may result from a TBI include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Temper outbursts
  • Irritability
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Personality changes

What the Research Shows

Recent studies have revealed a possible cause for behavioral and mental health disorders in TBI patients. Specifically, a study done by ES Wohleb & Jean-Christophe Delpech in 2017 has researched the effect of neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to recognize and form synaptic connections for learning and memory) on mental health problems in TBI patients. A traumatic brain injury can cause damage to a person’s neurological functions, which may impair the brain’s neuroplasticity. This is a significant factor in causing mental health and behavioral changes after a TBI.

The study determined that immune-related brain cells may become inflamed and activated during times of stress. This means that a traumatic brain injury could cause these brain cells to become inhibited, which may hinder their neuroplasticity. This can lead to anxiety and depression in TBI patients.

While the specific neurological and structural causes of mental health problems after a TBI are not fully known, the role of immune brain cells may provide future revelation into this phenomenon. Traumatic brain injuries cause severe stress and injury to a person’s brain. As research shows, this inhibited neuroimmune function may be a direct cause of behavioral and mental health disorders in patients who have suffered from a TBI. Behavioral therapy, medication, and other forms of treatment may help relieve certain physical and emotional symptoms, but more research is needed to determine the specific causes and treatments of mental health problems resulting from a TBI.

Call Our San Francisco Brain Injury Lawyers Today at (415) 688-2176

At Scarlett Law Group, we provide tenacious representation to clients suffering from traumatic brain injuries. If your TBI resulted from someone else’s negligence or reckless actions, we can work hard to provide diligent legal services as you seek compensation. TBIs can lead to expensive, long-term medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning potential, and immense pain and suffering. With our compassionate and experienced lawyers, you can receive the legal assistance you need for your case.

Contact our firm today for a free consultation, and discuss your case with one of our dedicated advocates.


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