The Hidden Side of TBIs

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can cause slurred speech, limited movement and memory loss. Most victims and family members expect these symptoms, but they are less prepared for the emotional side effects of TBIs.

Cold and Distant

When your loved one suffers from a TBI, they might never be the parent, spouse, child or friend you used to know. A team of researchers from the UK studied soldiers who experienced TBIs, and found that TBI victims commonly exhibited a “lack of warmth or love” to their friends and family, suggesting that some injuries might damage the parts of the brain that control empathy. Similar studies found that TBI patients have trouble identifying emotions; they could not accurately guess how others were feeling, and they had problems describing their own emotions.

Disappointment and Depression

In addition to chemical depression, the TBI patients typically become depressed as the reality of their situations sink in. They might no longer be able to enjoy their favorite activities (activities which possibly lead to their injuries), and they realize that their lives are going to be a lot harder from that point forward. Patients might also experience sudden mood swings or outbursts, but those typically dissipate in the early stages of recovery.

Do you know someone struggling with the emotional side effects of a traumatic brain injury? Give us a call today at (615) 845-6141 to schedule a free consultation. You may be able to seek justice against the guilty party.

“Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.” – Proverbs 10:12

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