Is there a link between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and depression?

A serious boating accident in Willoughby Bay, a slip and fall accident at the Home Depot on North Military Highway, or a car accident on the Hampton Roads Beltway can cause serious injuries. One common type of injury is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that results from a blow to the head. A TBI can vary greatly in severity, causing a number of adverse conditions including epilepsy, loss of memory, personality changes, and many others. Dealing with these changes is stressful and may cause depression.

Depression is a serious illness that can cause constant feelings of sadness, excessive guilt, poor concentration, insomnia, fatigue, appetite problems, and thoughts of suicide.  It is not something the victim can shake off—it requires help from a medical professional.

Following is some useful information regarding depression and TBI:

  • Do not mix medications – Mixing medication can have deadly results, so be sure your doctor knows about all of the medication you are taking.
  • Depression is common for TBI victims – Those with a TBI are more likely to suffer from depression that those who have not been injured. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, one out of ten people who have not suffered a TBI will suffer from depression, while three of ten people who suffer a TBI will experience depression.
  • Seeking treatment – Others with a TBI also suffer from depression—you are not alone. Seeking treatment from your doctor and support from others who are going through the same thing as you are can make a big difference in your recovery.


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