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The association between depression and TBI

Ohio residents who have incurred a traumatic brain injury may also be more likely to develop depression. The incidence in people who prior to the incident had no symptoms of depression may be up to five times higher than it is among people who are uninjured.

TBIs may have long-term consequences, and as a result, they may require a significant amount of rehabilitation. Falls and motor vehicle accidents are common causes of a traumatic brain injury. The course of treatment usually begins with inpatient care and transitions to outpatient care. Physical symptoms of a TBI include headaches, loss of coordination, numbness, weakness and seizures. Mental or cognitive symptoms include memory loss, learning or reasoning problems, mood swings and confusion. Rehabilitation attempts to address all of these issues as needed.

Depression can hinder recovery from a traumatic brain injury. While treatment is not dissimilar to the treatment given to people diagnosed with depression who do not have a TBI, it must be approached in conjunction with a person's overall treatment. Both medication and therapy are commonly used.

The long rehabilitation period associated with a TBI and the potentially far-reaching consequences mean that such an injury can be devastating. This recovery can be costly, and injured victims may be unable to return to work or only able to return in limited capacity. In some cases, they might need extensive care. If the TBI was incurred in an incident that was that result of the negligent or reckless acts of another party, such as a motor vehicle collision caused by an impaired, speeding or distracted driver, an attorney could assist in seeking compensation for the losses that have been sustained through a personal injury lawsuit.

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