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Emotions after a brain injury: unseen struggles

On Behalf of | Jan 17, 2024 | Injuries, Traumatic Brain Injury

The emotional consequences of severe brain injuries are not always obvious. Still, they are essential because they can be just as damaging and dangerous as brain bleeds or a hematoma.

When a person suffers a brain injury, it is not just about the affected body parts but also the brain’s emotional parts. The person’s emotions may go a bit out of control or cause the person to change, even at their personality level.

Some changes that a person who suffered a brain injury can look like are:

  • Sadness and confusion
  • Frustration and anger
  • Feeling isolated and alone
  • Changes in personality
  • Anxiety and fear

Ways to support people who show these symptoms include:

  • Patience and support
  • Understanding
  • Offering help and resources

One of the most unfortunate aspects of emotional complications after brain injuries is that they are often invisible. Many times, the person who suffered the injury does not know that how they are feeling is because of the brain injury, so they do not seek help or talk to their doctor. However, emotional symptoms are very common.

It is critical to remain alert to any emotional changes. Not only immediately after the brain injury but also for a long time after the traumatic event. Emotional changes in the brain can be gradual, taking time to develop, and many times people associate the symptoms with something else.

Many experts have provided an abundance of information on the topic of brain injuries. The emotional consequences of a brain injury are not as commonly talked about as other topics related to brain injuries, which is why it is key to keep them at the forefront.

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