Traumatic Brain Injuries & Behavioral Health

Many people may not realize that traumatic brain injuries affect not just cognitive functioning but an individual’s personality and behavior as well.

According to the Centers for Disease Control—the national public health institute of the United States that is part of the federal Department of Health— traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a serious health problem for the country. Roughly 2.5 million TBIs occurred in America in 2010—and that number has continuously risen since then. Many people may not realize, however, that TBIs can also affect an individual's personality and behavior.

Understanding TBIs

TBIs are essentially blows or injuries to a person's head that affect brain function. They can occur as a result of a variety of activities. Many who participate in sporting events or are involved in auto accidents experience a form of TBI.

Traumatic brain injuries can be minor or major, depending on the circumstances. They often affect cognitive functions, causing disorientation and memory loss. However, a recent article published in Behavioral Healthcare points out how TBIs do much more than affect cognitive abilities—they also commonly affect personality and behavior.

Personality Changes & Behavior Adjustments

Brian Bronson, MD of Stony Brook University's School of Medicine has been published about the different affects TBI can have, including neuropsychiatric manifestations that can develop after the injury took place. Many working alongside TBI sufferers can attest to these types of changes. There are countless reports of patients showing initial signs of agitation, followed by bizarre and unexplained changes in personality and behaviors. Many family members and loved ones often report difficulties adjusting to this “new person” they are interacting with and caring for.

Long-term Effects of TBIs

Another leading professor and researcher in neurological developments is Frederick Gutman, MD. Also a professor at Stony Brook University’s School of Medicine, he believes that the recovery period with patients may be prolonged more than expected. Injury victims may still be improving functions two years or longer after their incident. How a person’s behaviors and personality are affected after time will depend on which specific areas of the brain were injured and how well those areas recovered.

It's evident that TBIs have a dramatic effect on individuals and their families. Medical care for TBI sufferers should not only include specialists in neurology but those in psychological, social, and educational rehabilitation as well on the road to recovery.

Pursuing Legal Assistance

Those who have suffered from such injuries as a result of an auto accident, sport collision, workplace accident, or any other incident that may be the fault of another are encouraged to look into legal options available. Consulting with a knowledgeable injury lawyer who can offer counsel and guidance through each step of the process is crucial.

If you are interested in learning more, be sure to reach out to Biren Law Group today to schedule a free consultation or fill out a case evaluation online today!