Head injuries range in seriousness. From mild concussions that go away on their own to severe injuries that affect the brain. Any damage to what is perhaps your body’s most vital organ can be deadly, and the effects may be far-reaching.
Studies have established close links between traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and the mental health of victims even after recovering from the physical injuries. Trauma can affect the brain’s neurological functions, which makes victims susceptible to psychiatric disorders. Here are some of them:
You may have serious post-trauma anxiety or panic attacks after a TBI which may affect your life. Constant flashbacks of the accident could affect your ability to go out on the road or even get in a vehicle.
Your personality may switch following an injury to the brain. For instance, depending on the affected region of the brain, you may become moody and grumpy while you were otherwise bubbly most of the time before the accident. You may not realize such changes yourself since everything will seem okay, but to friends and family, it could be worrisome.
Depression and psychosis
Depression is among the most common psychiatric disorders for brain injury victims. It may develop soon after the accident or even decades later. Like other brain injuries, exactly what happens depends on the affected brain region.
Any of these psychiatric disorders can prevent you from leading a normal life. Additionally, your career and relationships may be irretrievably broken down, not to mention the cost of hospitalization required for some of these disorders. Therefore, it is in your best interest to get justice if another person is responsible for your injuries.
Remember, you deserve compensation for any damages arising from your injuries, including the lower quality of life psychiatric disorders may cause.