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Traumatic brain injuries appear to cause depression

Many West Virginia residents have sustained a traumatic brain injury in a car accident or sudden fall. This is a serious wound to the brain caused by some sort of forceful blow, and it brings with it a host of symptoms that have the potential to linger. Mental, physical, social and psychological symptoms are all known to result from TBIs in different ways and at different intensities.

A good amount of research has been conducted into the relationship between clinical depression and these types of head injuries. The researchers examined people who had not had serious depression issues before they incurred a TBI, and they found a greater propensity towards the psychological condition after the physical injury had been received. The incidence of depression among TBI patients has been estimated to be between two and five times greater than that of those without these types of injuries.

Treatment for depression resulting from a TBI can be complex. Studies have shown that rehabilitating the full spectrum of symptoms associated with the TBI and restoring the general level of function following such an injury appear to have the most consistent curative effects on victims and their state of mind.

There has been much attention paid to the high incidence of traumatic brain injuries in football and other contact sports, but they can be incurred in other settings as well. If such an injury resulted from a traffic collision that was caused by the negligence of another driver, then in some cases an attorney representing the victim may find it advisable to file a lawsuit seeking appropriate compensation from the at-fault motorist.

Source: Rep-AM, "Risk for depression increases after traumatic brain injury ", June 19, 2016

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