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Brain injury could lead to anxiety disorders

The causes of a traumatic brain injury can vary from a serious car accident or a fall. Brain injury patients experience different symptoms and recover at different rates, depending on how serious the injury and how well they respond to treatment. Doctors have now found a link between brain injury and an increased risk for post-traumatic stress disorder and a higher risk for developing an anxiety disorder.

According to the University of California, Los Angeles, the study found an association between a traumatic brain injury and PTSD, especially in military veterans. They found that those that experienced a traumatic brain injury had more fear than those that didn't sustain a brain injury. Researchers feel that the injury primed the brain for learning to be afraid and made the person more susceptible to acquiring an inappropriately strong fear. Every case is unique and the fear that causes the anxiety could be triggered by loud noises, enclosed spaces, or bright lighting.

Researchers are continuing to collaborate to find answers to combat these issues that arise with a traumatic brain injury, but it could help explain behavior and develop empathy towards people that have had a brain injury. Medication may help control the anxiety and depression as well as counseling for these victims.

Traumatic brain injuries can be difficult to diagnose if there are no outwardly obvious symptoms. Most people who have a traumatic brain injury will not be able to recognize that they are acting or behaving differently. Most often family members notice the changes in personality and behavior and they can include:

  • The individual is moody or irritable.
  • They may have trouble remembering dates, events or names.
  • They have trouble completing day-to-day tasks and multitasking.

Injuries to the brain range in severity and if you've been hurt in an accident because of another person's negligence, you should seek the advice of an attorney. An injury to the head or brain can have a devastating effect on a person's quality of life. An attorney can work with the medical professionals to determine the extent of your injuries and the potential life-long consequences and work to get the compensation that you deserve.

Source: Psychcentral.com, "Brain Injury Linked to Higher Risk for PTSD, Anxiety Disorders," Traci Pedersen, Feb. 19, 2012

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